Genealogy is a fun hobby and it can tell you a lot about yourself. It's
great to find interesting relatives and ancestors. You never know, you could
be related to a famous bandit or renowned inventor. Maybe you're related to
Researching your family tree might seem daunting at first. Well, never
fear; the Internet is here! It's a great place for genealogical research.
There are plenty of resources out there to help.
Even better, many sites can help for free. Check these no-charge resources
before signing up for a site that charges, such as Ancestry.com. Get started
tracing your family tree today!
There are plenty of resources for looking up ancestors and relatives
online. But you'll spend a lot of time searching each site for the
information you want. Searching just one site would be much better.
FamilySearch combs through public records from a vast number of
locations. It will even perform international searches. This is an easy way
to speed up your search.
You'll also want to check out FamilySearch's Learning Center. It offers
online classes that introduce the best places to look for finding ancestry
information. The classes are even country specific. That is particularly
helpful for people whose ancestors recently immigrated.
When you think of immigration, you probably think of Ellis Island. Millions
of immigrants entered the United States through that portal from 1892 to
Long before Ellis Island, however, there was Castle Garden. In case you're
unfamiliar with Castle Garden, it is located in Battery Park at the tip of
Manhattan. Open from 1830 to 1892, it was a point of entry for millions of
Maybe you're one of the 73 million who can trace their ancestry to that
immigration period. If so, visit Castle Garden's website. You can enter a
name and select a range of dates. Then, see if you can track down an
Genealogists will love this site. But, even if you're just curious, you're
bound to find something of interest. For example, even the most casual
history buffs will enjoy checking out the timeline for important historical
Ellis Island Foundation
If you go back far enough, you can trace your ancestry to foreign shores.
That means you'll want to pinpoint when your family immigrated to the United
States. If you know history, you'll know that many people came through one
place in particular - Ellis Island.
Ellis Island houses extensive immigration records, and you can search
through them all. You may be able to find records of your ancestors setting
foot in America. These records can help you delve even further into your
There's no doubt that the Internet is a rich source for genealogical
information. You can find things like adoption records, death records and
passenger lists. Unfortunately, these resources tend to be scattered over
many different sites.
That's what makes Cyndi's List such a helpful tool. You'll find links to
thousands of resources. And they're all neatly categorized to make searching
easy. There's a lot here to keep you busy!
National and international databases are good places to research your
family. But eventually, you'll need to use more focused resources. For
example, maybe you've tracked your family line to a single state.
This site links to state-specific genealogy projects. You'll find
databases and people who can help with your search.
Genealogy is best when you get your entire family involved. So you'll
want to share the information you gather with family members. This free site
lets you create a family tree that you can share with both friends and
You can upload your genealogy files or create your tree directly on the
site. Don't worry; the site does offer privacy tools. You'll only share
information with those you know and trust. Remember, information like your
mother's maiden name is valuable to identity thieves.
You’ll find a lot of information when researching your family. Pulling it
all together can be as challenging as the search itself. This program makes
it easy to organize your family tree.
Add birthdates, marriages and occupations. You can even attach photos, if
you have them. Best of all, it's free!
Genealogy doesn't have to be serious. This program is a novel, game-like
approach to genealogy. You can create your own village populated by your
relatives and ancestors.
You start by adding yourself and known relatives. You then get a fun
little 3-D town to explore. Family Village will then help you discover and
add new family members. It can dig up historical documents, like photos,
newspaper articles and other records. These can be easily viewed within the