It’s no secret that we love free genealogy sites here at Family History Daily. But, we have to admit, we also really like Ancestry.com. Next to FamilySearch.org, you’re not going to find a larger, more diverse genealogy website — and many of us are willing to pay their subscription fees for that reason alone.
But we also like Ancestry for the convenient free family tree they offer. It’s easy to get started with, maintain and share (or keep private). Plus, [...]
Most of us use Google search to look for our ancestors on a regular basis. After all, once we’re done searching our favorite family history sites directly, Google is our best bet for locating new records online.
But finding valuable data via Google search can be hard since there are so many sites, and so many pages of data. After typing in an ancestor’s name and a few details we often find that we’ve turned up hundreds or thousands of results, and most of them [...]
Have you ever been to a family gathering where someone unexpectedly pulled out an old family photo album or dusty box of records and you found yourself completely unprepared to record the treasures?
How about a trip to a library or research center where you found way more great material than you expected, but could do little more than snap some photos and make use of the photocopier (at 10 cents a sheet).
Yes? Us too. Somehow, ending up with a bunch of semi-blurry images we [...]
Perhaps you’ve been doing research for months or years and you have a lot of wonderful information you’d like to share? Or maybe you just want a place to record your research progress and keep better track of what you’re working on? Why not start a blog to get organized, share your research with family, or bring it to fellow researchers across the world?
Don’t think you have the computer skills to do this? Well you do! If you can do online genealogy [...]
What’s a genealogy know-how score? It’s a number from 1 – 50 that you can apply to your level of ‘expertise’ as a family history researcher. The higher the score, the more knowledgeable you are on the subject.
This quiz is designed to be fun, to give you a laugh and something to share with friends. But it’s also a wonderful way to help you identify areas where you can improve your research techniques and become a better family historian! Answer [...]
Over the last couple of years, Family History Daily has published numerous articles about where and how to locate free genealogy resources. And now, we’ve created a tool that makes finding these free family history research sites easier than ever — we call it doGenealogy.
We know that, while many of you use and appreciate paid sites like Ancestry, you also want to have no-cost alternatives. Additionally, many of the best records and resources on the web simply cannot [...]
Whether you’re just starting out on your genealogy journey, or have been at it for years, you have likely made (many) mistakes. Unless you’ve been professionally trained in research techniques and etiquette (and even if you have) mistakes are part of the process and offer an opportunity to learn and grow as a researcher.
But sometimes mistakes become habits, ones that are very hard to break. And when one person persists in repeating a mistake, others are likely to [...]
Are you interested in finally searching out the truth behind that old family story about a Native American ancestor? Or perhaps you already know that the story is true, but you’re not quite sure where to go next.
Luckily, there are many online guides, records collections and specialized resources that can help you on your journey. Here’s where to get started.
Uncovering the Truth Behind Family Stories
If you’re just beginning your research based on [...]
Thank you to Rachel Silverman with AncestorCloud for this helpful article.
Family history research is about finding the clues people have left behind and following the path where they lead. But what happens when a research path ultimately comes up empty?
This is what genealogists call a negative search result, but don’t be fooled by the name; this kind of information is just as valuable as unearthing genealogy gold. Think about it this way: If you find a new record, you [...]