Well, rules might be a bit strict, but we do have some pretty tight guidelines that we like to follow when we’re doing genealogy research. We promise we use them most of the time.
You likely have your own set of rules and we’d love to hear them. What would you add to this list?
Want to keep this list handy or share it with others? Download an infographic at the bottom of this page.12 Genealogy Research Rules
1. Always Cite Your Sources. [...]
When most of us think of Ancestry.com, we think of paid resources. And, of course, the vast majority of Ancestry’s billions of records are behind a paywall. However, you might be surprised to hear that the site does off a relatively large assortment of completely free collections–and they are 100% searchable.
When you attempt to locate a record on Ancestry via their main search function the free collections do get mixed into the results. If you don’t have a paid [...]
Unless you’re a professional genealogist you’ve probably learned most of what you know about family history research from…well…doing research. Most of us dove into our family trees when we began our genealogy journey and never looked back–learning the ropes as we went.
And the truth is, if you’re a hobby genealogist, you probably don’t need an online class or webinar to build a strong family tree. You will discover most of what you really [...]
Thank you to Andrew Chapman, editor of Discover Your Ancestors, for sharing this news about their annual print issue.
The 4th annual print edition of Discover Your Ancestors is a unique collection of original articles, written by experts, on a wide range of family and social history themes. Inside you’ll find a wealth of information and inspiration, helping you to trace your ancestors back through time and understand what their lives were actually like.
Each issue of [...]
It’s an often overlooked fact that a vast amount of FamilySearch’s collections cannot be found via the search on their site. Millions of free family history records are waiting to be discovered but have not yet been indexed and are, therefore, somewhat hard to find. These records are invaluable tools for genealogists and cover a wide range of locales and time periods so we thought we’d offer a quick rundown on how to access them.
But first a note about searching [...]
Upfront with NGS, the official blog for the National Genealogical Society, has released 120 links to free genealogy resources over the last six weeks. In this series of six posts, Diane L. Richard, editor of Upfront, shares “20 free and relatively new genealogy and family history resources” that she had collected while researching information for her past series NGS Mini Bytes.
We are thankful that Upfront has taken the time to share these gems with the genealogy [...]
Thank you to Dallan Quass of Genealogy Gophers for sharing this information about their free genealogy book search.
Researching family histories online is an activity that has begun to come of age. Thousands of family history books and magazines are available to be searched directly from multiple websites. But searching through these websites and combing through the jumble of information they return can be a frustrating, costly, and fruitless process.
The newly launched [...]
Genealogy reference books have long been a valuable part of family history research. Providing help and how-to on a huge range of topics, the best selections will take any genealogist on a journey of discovery.
But with an ever-growing assortment of online reference information for family historians it is easy to overlook the many fascinating and well researched genealogy books on the market today. So, we’ve done our research and put together a list of the some of the most [...]