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 [...]
Looking for a totally free way to access a variety of paid genealogy records, like those provided by Ancestry or MyHeritage, from your own computer?
Well there’s good news, you most likely can. And you might be surprised to hear that the solution is probably only a few clicks away.
An increasing number of libraries are now providing complementary access to genealogy resources free of charge. Many can be accessed directly on their websites — meaning that you can [...]
The 1940 census of the United States is a particularly exciting one for genealogists for a number of reasons — the most obvious being that is was only indexed and released for public consumption a few years ago. The new records gave many of us a special chance to add vital new details to the our ancestors’ stories.
But there is a critical element of this massive family history resource that often gets overlooked. Built into the 16th census of the USA was a brand new [...]
“Trees without roots fall over.”—anonymous
My husband isn’t interested in genealogy. He tries hard—but if I go on about it for more than a minute or two, his eyes glaze over. It seems that people are either very interested in genealogy, or not at all.
For those who are interested but who are not natural-born researchers who are also equipped with mad computer skills, endless hours at their disposal to learn the tricks of the trade [...]
Most family historians have ancestors who served their country during a time of war or peace. Others may have ancestors who were not members of the military but were nonetheless dramatically impacted by war — such as Japanese internment victims during WWII or freedmen after the Civil War — in either case, some very helpful and special records exist to research these individuals.
To help you on your journey we’ve pulled together a helpful list of websites where [...]
Thank you to Wesley Eames of AncestorCloud for this great information.
What’s your favorite part of genealogical research? Is it simply working on a branch of your family tree, or is it making progress, finding relatives, and interesting stories?
Now what’s your least favorite part of genealogy work? If you’re anything like me it’s exciting to make progress, find connections, stories, and build up your tree. However, without fail, you run into a brick wall, one that you [...]
One of the most important things a family historian can do is get organized. It makes research easier in the short term, and you’ll thank yourself repeatedly for it in the future.
Many genealogists, including myself, use Evernote — which has both an excellent online and downloadable system for capturing data and organizing information. There is also a great deal of help out there on how to use Evernote for genealogy (like these templates from Cyndi’s [...]
To make it easy for you to take advantage of the many no-cost resources available on the web, we’ve recommended a good deal of free genealogy websites here on Family History Daily.
Many of the wonderful research sites we’ve shared were brought to our attention originally by readers who use them every day. Some are recommended to us repeatedly because of their quality and expansive offerings. We thought you’d like to know which family history sites our readers [...]