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Free Genealogy Database: A Great Way to Find Out About Your Ancestors

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Today, more and more people are now considering finding out about their family’s past. Besides, this kind of activity is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Finding out about your  will hold a lot of mysteries and surprises. For example, in politics, genealogists have found that President George W. Bush is a very distant cousin of his political rival, John Kerry. It’s quite a surprise and quite funny when you think about it; two cousins battling it out to get the most powerful position in the United States of America.

As you can see, you will find out a lot of interesting and usually surprising things if you research about your family’s genealogy. However, you also have to consider that hiring genealogists can be very expensive and will take a lot of time to provide you with a decent family tree that will contain information about your family’s relatives.

However, the internet today is a very useful and a much cheaper way to find out about your family’s genealogy. In fact, there are some genealogy websites that offer their services for free. All you need to do is type in your complete name, your birth date, and also the country where you live in and click on search. You will find out about your family tree almost instantly. However, free genealogy database websites are sometimes unreliable and produce inaccurate results. You have to consider that it takes a lot of work to get a single family database done. Imagine building millions of family database. It’s quite a difficult task even for a seasoned genealogist.

However, if you are just starting out finding about your family’s genealogy, free genealogy database websites are the websites you should first visit. Here, you will obtain different kinds of information about your family where you can later use for a more comprehensive and accurate search. You will also save money on obtaining important documents, such as birth, death, marriage, and immigration records.

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It is important to consider that free genealogy database search are basic and will only give you limited information about certain people whom you are related with. If you want a more comprehensive search, you should prepare paying for it as information can be hard to obtain.

When you are already progressing on your search in the free genealogy database website and encountered a dead end, you can search further by looking at public records, and looking at old newspaper obituaries.

These are some of the things you have to consider when using a free genealogy database. Always remember that the information usually provide in free genealogy database websites are basic. Once you encountered a dead end on your quest for your family’s genealogy, you should consider taking it one step further by either looking at the public library or by hiring an expert and reputable genealogist to do the work for you. Provide your genealogist with all the documents you accumulated during your preliminary search and inform them on how far back you want to search. They will know all about documents and they will know where to search for it.

 

Of course you have to know where the websites are located and this is difficult to do without the knowledge of experts and other family historians. At the  forthcoming International Genealogy Conference to be held in Nottingham there will be many family historians with expert genealogical knowledge as well as speakers from the Society of Genealogists who will be lecturing on where to find free genealogy on the Internet

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Free Genealogy

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Free and accessible sources in your research for your genealogy

Isn’t it interesting to know more about your ancestral timeline several generations ago? If you are on the search for reliable sources that will serve as your reference documents, the internet is a good resource material. It has always contained the vast data that can help in your research. The great advantage when using the internet is that the genealogist can save both money and effort.

Aside from the ancestral timeline, some people also would want to know the details about their recent generations. In the quest of finding this out, genealogy becomes a serious study that takes an investment.

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There are some helpful pointers that can give ease to your research. Whether you are new or a professional genealogist, you must know that there could be other researchers that work on your genealogy. One way to find out is to check on the published works of the surnames involved in your family tree. Some of these researchers publish their works on their website for other people to visit. Other helpful tools that can also be found in the internet are the searchable indexes that contain references needed in your study.

The genealogical or historical society is an institution that you can ask help from. They are found in the towns where your ancestors once lived. This is an excellent source of information on how life was during the time of your great, great grandparents. The genealogical or historical society keeps the records of local directories, the list of buried people even in inactive burial spots, and newspaper archives. The advantage of seeking help from this institution is that this is run by volunteers who have been oriented with some genealogical facts. This also contains addresses of other societies which have links to their webs.

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Way back in 1800’s, the US and Europe has the long tradition of funeral cards or mourning cards. These are also great sources for genealogists. There are also web sites that deal on the indexing of these cards. You can visit these sites and search for the surnames that you need.

Newspapers are also good sources of local information. They usually contain valuable information about people who have lived a few years ago. The online newspaper archive is a searchable site that takes the place of microfilm reels. However, it would be advantageous if you have some information about your ancestors such as the event where they have been involved. When you search in online newspaper archives, you type the surname and the keyword, which is resembled by the event. The newspaper online is updated regularly that makes their information reliable.

Another research tool that is helpful in genealogy is the indexed census. Aside from this, there are other transcribed records which are also available online. Such records of birth, marriage and death information are available in some databases.

There are various research tools that help in the search of your ancestry. There are free and accessible sources that only proper organization provide.

At the forthcoming  family history conference, John Hanson as part of the "Ask  the Experts" stream being sponsored by the Society of Genealogists will be giving as one of his  four workshops "Why Pay" targetted on frre genealogy available to help in your family history research

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Free Genealogy on the Internet

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

How to effectively utilize the free genealogy web site

If you are looking for the missing puzzles of your life, it is best to understand your roots. This could be done by studying and researching on your genealogy. And the best way to start your quest to know your ancestry is by collecting reliable sources of information by which you can trace them. One of the cheapest and abundant sources is a free genealogy web site.

The internet had modified the face of ancestry tracking. Sometime ago, genealogy relegated a bushel of challenging tasks to library works and long distance travels. But now, there is already the powerful tool that could be accessed in an instant for free. Genealogy web sites are potent components of research, however, proper care must be considered in order to optimize its advantages. What you need in genealogy are reliable and accurate information. For beginners, a tutorial resource on genealogy will serve as a guide so that your research efforts will not be wasted. The different techniques and types of document sources are the basic things to know in order to start quickly with genealogy.

In using free genealogy web sites, it is important to remember and document the sources properly. The web site address, abbreviations and significant notes should be indicated as foot notes or at an index page. This will be advantageous when verifying or rechecking your data gathered. Documentation often takes the place of a failing memory of the researcher. For another thing, these documents can be the key to resolve the conflicting facts that you may encounter in the process of research.

Your living relatives can help you verify the facts that you have gathered from free genealogy web sites. Interviews with these people bring about good stories about your ancestry. These stories should be recorded together with the names of storytellers. Then you can check the data you have gathered if they fit in to each other.

Other resources that can be found in the internet are census records, death indexes and obituaries. Though not all newspaper publish their obituaries online and not all deaths were submitted to obituaries or death indexes, these sources can lead you to clues and relative information.

After taking into accounts all the possible resources, it’s time to organize these data. You need to highlight the documents that value most. Nevertheless, none of the documents that you find insignificant should be disposed. They could still serve as reference in the future.

Assembling the facts is another laborious chore. But when you get to this stage, it just means that you are almost done with that set. You can share with other researchers the facts that you have gathered. Who knows, it takes a few of you to assemble the puzzles of your heritage. There is the saying that two heads are better than one, surely too, more heads are better than two. After all, you are not the sole person in your clan who would like to find out the bloodline of your ancestry.

 At the forthcoming 2009 International Genealogical Conference in Nottingham the Society of Genealogists will be including lectures on free Internet Genealogy. This will be just one of the many topics that will interest genealogists both old and new from England to America and South Africa to Australia.

Sterling is so weak at the moment that there has never been a better time to come to a family history conference in England – at todays rates (January) less than $450

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