Search user-submitted files containing nearly 1 billion names.
The leading online resource for family history.
Interactive guides, numerous research tools, mailing lists and message boards
The Olive Tree Genealogy
Free genealogical data online: passenger lists, church records, land records and more.
Over 190,000 links to genealogy sites on the internet.
The US GenWeb Project
A volunteer project providing Internet web sites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States
The World GenWeb Project
Free research guidance from a world-wide network of volunteers.
Search for your ancestors in user-submitted family trees.
Search the database of Ellis Island and Port of New York arrival records for your immigrant ancestor.
United States Vital Records Information
Information about how to obtain vital records (birth, marriage, and death certificates; divorce decrees).
Security Death Index
A free resource from Family Search.
Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy: Record and Preserve Your Family’s History, 4th ed., by Jeffrey A. Bockman
This slim but informative book begins with an overview of the genealogy research process by detailing the family group sheet and ancestor chart. Following those examples are several pages devoted to finding and using home sources. Through several examples from his personal research, Mr. Bockman offers guidance in using home sources to build a story about our ancestors’ lives.
Photographs are often overlooked in their value to further a genealogy research plan. Mr. Bockman provides a history of photography that defines the many forms of photographs through the years. He talks at length about preserving photographs and other documents and devotes several pages to this very important process by sharing a variety of solid preservation tips.
The meat of the book follows when Mr. Bockman talks about writing the family stories—going beyond the names and dates in a family group sheet and getting to know our ancestors as people. He offers many resources for locating the information to fill in those years between birth and death. An excerpt from his Bockman Family History shows how to bring it all together in a narrative form.
Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy provides the impetus to start writing. His techniques are based on sound genealogical research principles. He identifies a variety of records that are useful when building our family’s history.
The book can be ordered by visiting www.alenjes.com.
A few must-haves to get you started:
Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy
by Emily Anne Croom
How to do Everything with Your Genealogy
by George G. Morgan
The Official Guide to Ancestry.com
by George G. Morgan
Family Tree Magazine
Family Chronicle Magazine