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How do I start when I have no information? Create a Family Group Sheet with the following: name birth date, place marriage date, place death date, place
Begin with living family members. Interview your oldest living relatives. Request documents and photos Keep records of what you learn and the source. Scan photos and documents Keep track of what you have and where you got it.
Other good places to start: Census records Social Security Death Index Cemetery records If possible, get copies of any documents or photos, digital or paper.
Online Research Sources Family Search - http://familysearch.orghttp://familysearch.org A free service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Has search functions, many articles and tutorials about how to search, locations of Family History Centers where you can get additional help.
Online Research Sources Ancestry.com - http://www.ancestry.com/http://www.ancestry.com/ Has both free and paid accounts to search multiple databases and indexes.
Online Research Sources Find a Grave - http://www.findagrave.comhttp://www.findagrave.com Look for grave locations and photos. Information is added by volunteers. The USGenWeb Project - http://www.usgenweb.org/ http://www.usgenweb.org/ Volunteer site that provides links to state and county genealogy websites.
Online Research Sources Genealogy Trials - http://genealogytrails.comhttp://genealogytrails.com Another volunteer site with varying amounts of data online, organized by state. Google Books - http://www.books.google.comhttp://www.books.google.com Search the text of books that have been indexed: some of the books are free and some can be purchased
Help Getting Started Ancestor Search - http://www.searchforancestors.com/gettingstarted/ http://www.searchforancestors.com/gettingstarted/ Has a detailed step-by-step path to get you started. Family Search - https://www.familysearch.org/learn/getting_started Video tutorials and free forms to record information for your family tree.
Help Getting Started Family Search https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home. html https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home. html Contains a series of courses on topics related to genealogy research. Ancestry.com http://learn.ancestry.com/Home/HMLND.aspx Includes courses and other resources to teach you how to go about your research.
Help Getting Started Cyndi’s List http://www.cyndislist.com/ A comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
Desktop Genealogy Solutions Family Tree Maker Legacy Roots Magic Ancestral Quest Family Historian The Master Genealogist
Comparisons and Reviews of Software http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_geneal ogy_software http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_geneal ogy_software http://genealogy-software- review.toptenreviews.com/ http://genealogy-software- review.toptenreviews.com/ http://genealogy-software.findthebest.com/ http://genealogy-software.findthebest.com/
Web Based Genealogy Solutions Genealogy Web Sites (e.g., Geni, Ancestry, Facebook) Geni.com http://www.geni.com/http://www.geni.com/ Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.comhttp://www.ancestry.com My Heritage http://www.myheritage.com/http://www.myheritage.com/ Tribal Pages http://tribalpages.com/http://tribalpages.com/ Family Tree Guide http://familytreeguide.com/http://familytreeguide.com/ This is only a small sample—do a web search for Family Tree Websites
Web Based Genealogy Solutions Web Space (e.g., Free Rootsweb, http://accounts.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ) http://accounts.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Put your own HTML pages on the web. Site Creation Software (e.g., TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Software, http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php) http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php Create your own data driven web site.
Comparisons and Reviews of Web Based Genealogy Software http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Web- based_Genealogy_Software http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Web- based_Genealogy_Software
Software Demos Legacy Family Tree-- http://legacyfamilytree.com/ Standard EditionFree Deluxe Edition$29.95-Download Edition $39.95-CD and Printed Guide TNG-The Next Generation of Site Building http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php $29.99 –License fee and download only