My Top 13 Free Websites
Let's talk a little bit about each one of my top 13 free websites (listed to the left):
Did you get a chance to explore this website this week? Maybe you have some questions? Email me and I will be happy to answer them right here in my column.
It is similar to usgenweb.org, however, it encompasses the world. Did you find out that one of your ancestors came from Germany? You will want to explore worldgenweb.org.
It's the WiKi for Genealogy. You ask, "What is a WiKi?" A WiKi is a website you can edit. You work online together on the same web page with your family. It will instantly update. No more photocopies, no more mailings, no html, no hassle - just input the information. However, be aware of the dot org at the end of this path. It is important that you type the path correctly. When you first click in, make sure you register and watch all the tutorials. In the upper right-hand corner, you can type your surname. If you come up empty, try all your surnames and check back often. You can create your own ancestor web pages, connect with relatives and other genealogists. You should create a user page so that you can tell others the surnames you are researching and a little about yourself.
Ellen Chit Chats
I received this question from Stoney: "I have over 1600 family members and seven generations of ancestors. I read your article in The Covington News which I enjoyed. I want to write a book about my travels through the family history but how do I get started and where do I start? Starting is holding me back. Any hints?
Stoney, coincidentally you ask this question at the right time. Today I was listening to a webinar from Ancestory.com and at the end, they mentioned that they have a spot in their website which helps you write your book from start to finish. It is free. You do not need to be a subscriber. Go to Ancestry.com click on publish and follow the instructions. Also, check out the help section as it contains good information about your project.
You might also want to go to the Newton County Library or the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers. In their Genealogy (Heritage) room, there are many actual family history books you can peruse and get ideas.
I am sure there are some great websites out there too. Here are two websites that will give you some guidance: Genealogy/about.com/publisingyourfamilyhistory and www.writeyourlife.net.
Personally, I have not written my family history book; however, it is on my to do list. Good luck and I would love to hear how it turns out.
Ellen Blakeslee is a professional genealogist living in Covington, Ga. You can reach her at email@example.com.