I hope I can help you
with your search or questions. I am a "Bonified Newbie" to this but I have
learned a lot in a short time, and also know that the more I learn, the more I know I
don't know. What I do know is that you have to know where to go on the Internet, and
this is why there are so many links to great sites here. If your searching and
prowling, you find a site you feel would be great listed here, by all means, let me know. Let's all help each
It is important that
you understand that I am not a professional genealogist, or even
pretend to be. With that understood, there are something's that are very basic
before you start your genealogy search.
# 1. Talk
to family members. Compile as much family history as you can, including stories,
lore and photo's. Acquire names, places, dates, and if possible - documents!
Check with other family members, maybe someone else in the family has started and can
share information with you. Then, go back and ask again. You may
have help them remember something or someone.
2. Find a user friendly program to use. There are several
good ones available and can be easily accessed on the Internet. Ask your friends or
other family members for one they may recommend, they will be valuable sources for help
with the program if you have questions later.
Find, visit and if possible, join your local Genealogical Society. They do
excellent work, are a great source of information and offer valuable help.
Also, check out your local LDS - Latter-day Saints (Mormon) Church. Their family history
centers are a plethora of information and they have experts there to help you. They
will order film, documents and records that you can use for a nominal fee, as well as
providing expert advice.
With this all said and
done, here is a small list of, what I believe, valuable web sites! I hope they help!
. . . The best free site for genealogy, now associated with Ancestry.com
. . . . . . . . . . . . A basic searchable surname data base.
Ancestry.com . . .
. . . . . They encourage
membership, but free data bases
Cyndi's List .
. . . . . . . 78,000 links to
Genealogy to Adoption.
Cyndi's Construction Site
.. How to build your Family Tree web site.
. . . . Download Program and access their member
.. Related to someone famous? A warning to all who search.
. . . . . . . . . . Search the individual state and counties.
SSDI . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . Social Security Death Index at Rootsweb.
. . . . . . . .
Church of Latter-Day Saints, LDS.
. . Members data base, with some free areas.
Census Bureau . . . . Search the
Census for your surname.
Irolee's Genealogy Place
. . Census Information & Search Sites.
. . . . Documents and photos
found at flea markets and garage sales.
Genealogy Resource Center
.. Lots of ways to search.
. . . . Data Bases.
. . . What's new today.
Free Family Search
. . . 600,000,000 records to search.
. . . . . Messages, links,
chat, search help, and adoption links.
. . . . Birth, Census, Death, Land,
Marriage, Military, etc.
. . . . . . Adoption, surname queries, obituaries, Gedcoms, links, etc.
. . . . . . . . . . Family Name Histories, Crests and Coats of Arms.
This should keep you busy and get you started. If you find a site you feel belongs
on this list, please send it to me and I will
get it posted for the next person! If you get your web page up with your
family history or GedCom, let me know and I will add your link! Thanks, and Good