What are some good sources on preforming a good genealogy search on my family?
Topic: Dna research sites
June 17, 2019 / By Finlay Question:
I am doing research on my family's heritage. I want to learn how to preform a better search. Do you know any good sources? So far, most of the information I have has been given to me by family members, and the wonderful people from this sight. BTW, thanks for all the help. I want to be able to contribute to the search.
Thank you Nothing.
The way I underststand it, we have just about everything in our hertage. So the info you gave will be VERY helpful.
Windy C, That is a wonderful ideal. I can't remember ever having a reunion for my dad's side of the family. I'll have to try and find some of the older members of my family so they can help me track down everyone. How wonderful it would be to meet members of my family I haven't got to meet yet.
Thanks for your help.
Best Answers: What are some good sources on preforming a good genealogy search on my family?
Darden | 10 days ago
Start out by asking all your living relatives, then with that information, search:
Free sites: there are several to choose from. Start with:
Assuming they emigrated from Europe, start with Ellis Island and the Battery Conservancy sites:
For Scotland, check:
For ship’s passenger lists, try:
For those with native American ancestry, try:
For a fee, try a DNA test:
When you really want to know where your ancestors came from, try such sites as: www.familytreedna.com, dnatribes.com, dnaancestryproject.com, and, of course, the National Geographics Genotype program, https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/geno...
For Jewish ancestry, try:
For people from India, try:
Have a look at these sites these are South African ones,
Meaning of names:
Here are some general sites with lists of African names:
Finding live people:
Two good places I use are www.zabasearch.com and www.peoplefinder.com
Don't forget, use your local library. Ours (a small one, yet) has www.ancestry.com and www.heritagequest.com, as well as periodicals, books and guidance from an experienced genealogist.
Keep good notes on where you find what: sources are very important.
smartpages.com. to get to US Search
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Yep. found out my grandaddy became a bastard. Being a genealogist, with the help of ways, that be conscious isn't an insult. actually, he did no longer understand who his father became. the guy on his beginning certficate died 3 years in the previous he became born. My grandmother knew approximately, yet had desperate to no longer tell anybody. you may think of, my dad's no longer all that extremely joyful, the two together with her, or with this new understanding. additionally, farther back, found out my Jarrell line weren't truly Jarrells; that they were observed with the help of the 2d husband of somebody, and took his call. yet it is my mothers' factor, and that's something like six generations back, so no biggie. Oh, and to Shea up there. Hemophilia isn't in easy terms in the royal kinfolk. it is merely its' maximum generally happening victims. Victoria had a diluted style; her cousin, the son of Czar Nicholas and Alexandra, had it undesirable. yet there are people in the previous and after that had it and weren't appropriate.
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Best European source is www.geneanet.org
Re DNA testing. That's all nonsense. Nobody has reliable material of their greatgreatgreatparents etc.. So DNA testing is only a commercial activity of selling "air", besides the methods sold have little reliability.
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start a family reunion.
People love those, and you'll pull out the hidden treasures. If you try to make it central to a location of family history, you'll be able to make time for the courthouse.
Keep an open mind, it is everywhere.
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First your living family members, particuarly your senior members. Tape them if they will let you. It might turn out they are confused on some things, but what might seem to be insignificant story telling might be very significant. People who do this state they go back a few years after doing research and listen to the tape again and hear things they didn't hear the first time around. Ask if anybody has any old Family Bibles.
Next your public library. They might have a subscription to Ancestry.Com you can use.
Ancestry.Com has lots of records and seems to be getting more all the time. They have all the U. S. censuses through 1930. The 1940 and later are not available to the public yet. They have U.K. censuses also.
Just don't take as absolute fact everything you see in family trees on any website, free or paid. Documentation is not required. The info is user submitted and mostly not documented or poorly documented. Also if a person has Family Tree Maker and a subscription to Genealogy.Com, for instance, they can merge other people's files into theirs and upload their merged files into various genealogy website. Unfortunately, Genealogy.Com encourages that. What that means is people are just collecting a lot of names for their database but don't really have quality research.
Documentation is very important.
A Family History Center at a Latter Day Saints(Mormon) Church has records on people all over the world, not just Mormons.
In Salt Lake City, they have the world's largest genealogical collection. Their Family History Centers can order microfilm for you to view at a nominal fee.
I have never had them to try and convert me or send their missionaries by to ring my doorbell. I haven't heard of them doing that to anyone else either.
Vital records, births, marriages and deaths are important. You can usually get parent information from them. The applications for a social security number I have seen and the death certificates also give the places of birth of both parents.
Rootsweb and FamilySearch.org(free sites) both have the Social Security Death Index.
You need the person's name as it was on social security OR their social security number. You don't need both even though there is a place for both. If you locate a person on the Rootsweb SSDI, off to the right is a block you can probe and it will pull up a letter for you to print off. Just put your name, address and relationship to the person, attach your $27 check and mail it.
Now in the U.S., each state has its own laws as to who, when and where a person can obtain birth and death certificates. Also, governing bodies (state, county,city) in many states were not recording vital info until the first quarter of the 20th century. Even once they started, a lot of people born at home or died at home did not get recorded.
If no birth or death records exist, you can perhaps turn to church records for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Death. Many faiths maintain these records and they often will have parent information.
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You continue doing what you should have already done with your first lot of basic research...you know when you spoke to all the members of your family to see their records that they have in their homes, birth, marriage, death certs, newspaper clipping etc...a list is here http://familytimeline.webs.com/recordsin... once you are back to 1930 US, 1911 UK you can start looking a census returns, there are many bmd indexes online and other civil and parish CITED records...so you don't have to go the IGI unverfied information way ( familysearch) so you don't end up with a collection of unrelated people from poorly sourced information..it is free and a good resource but don't trust it, just use it to enable you to look for real records...the same website I gave has lots of UK/Irish links and some US and it is certainly worth registering on the message boards/forums ( free)...........but you know the last name/place from a home found record...so you look for the next record and continue to work back slowly....I would also suggest you download some software to your computer or you will lose your tree on ancestry if you are not paying them fees, so will end up starting again...