Anyone who has spent time doing family history research knows the many challenges involved in building a family tree with complete and accurate information – but researching African American ancestors can present its own unique set of complications. In this guide we talk about how to get started, discuss common challenges and highlight the best resources to help you uncover your family’s roots.
Free Genealogy Resources
A number of genealogy companies are stepping up to provide free access to family history research resources during the pandemic.
Saint Patrick’s Day is all about celebrating your Irish roots, and what better way to do it than by researching your ancestors from the Emerald Isle. Luckily, some big genealogy research sites have made more than 180 million Irish records free for a short time.
Free family history lesson plans can make the job of teaching genealogy to kids and teens simple and fun. Here are the very best resources for homeschoolers, classroom educators and librarians.
If you’re among the 49% of Americans who have never listened to a podcast, there’s never been a better time to start – especially if you love learning about family history research. In this article we’ve gathered together a list of eight incredible genealogy podcasts we love.
You don’t have to have murderers or famous outlaws in your family tree to make use of criminal records in your research. If you have ancestors who lived in England in the last three and a half centuries you do not want to miss the vast (and free) collections of The Old Bailey Online and its sister site the Digital Panopticon.
Interviewing older relatives is one of the best ways to gather family history details. We’ve put together a convenient list of 100 questions to bring along to your next gathering or share in email with those you love.
Looking for free printables to aid in your genealogy research? The right chart, form, template or worksheet can do wonders for any family historian hoping to get organized or trying to break down a frustrating brick wall. Here are 10 places you’ll find them for free.
Like many people, I began my family history research at my regional National Archives office. And, while there is probably a center near you, you don’t have to travel at all to access many of their records. The National Archives and Records Administration offers a rich trove of online documents and they’re completely free.
If you are lucky enough to be from Scotland, or are of Scottish descent, then you will love the plethora of records just waiting to be researched here (tha thu fortanach, gu dearbh). Scotland, with its majestic green mountains veiled by waves of mist, is such a wondrous place to behold! Let this guide to her online historical records lead you back in time to the land of your Highland or Lowland ancestors.