For 19 weeks now you have been learning with me how to research your family's history. Have you caught the bug yet?
Let's just do a quick recap of the many beginning steps needed in family researching:
The courthouse is a wealth of information for family research. Just like newspapers, court records tell us how our ancestors lived.
How can I find my relatives in newspapers? Why are newspapers so important in learning about my ancestors? Have you ever seen a Historical newspaper?
What are brick walls in the genealogy world? Are you at one today? As family researchers we all hit a brick wall at one time or another. Brick walls are when we come to a point in our research where we are stuck, can't go any further, having tried everything. What do we do about breaking through that brick wall?
Let's explore a few options:
It is a great idea to belong to your local historical society. The society may have information on where and how your relatives lived. Local Historical and Genealogical societies sometimes sponsor genealogy classes. They may also need volunteers which, of course, is a valuable experience when researching your ancestors.
Now that you know the basics for starting your genealogy search, let's learn what resources are available to you and whether you checked everything.
As we go full swing into the summer months, are you thinking about taking a genealogy trip out of town? Are you planning to go to the State and National Archives, State College Libraries, out of town cemeteries, out of town Probate Court Office? Wherever you go, you will need a survival kit and be well prepared.
Are you having trouble getting the information you need out of your database search? Here are some tips on searching Internet databases:
Let's continue this week with the different highlights of each of the free software.
As we move into the next phase of genealogy, you will have lots of questions. I am devoting the next few columns to answering your "Frequently Asked Questions."
This week we are exploring more resources. As you explore further and further into your genealogy, you will need more and more resources. There are hundreds of resources, finding them and utilizing them is challenging.
I hope all my genealogy hunters had a great and productive memorial weekend. Were you able to talk and record some war stories from your veteran relatives? Maybe you have questions about their stories and want to prove them and don't know where to start?
Finishing out my top 13 free websites:
This week, I want to continue talking about the free websites on my list.
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