Using Google to Research Family History

Using Google to Research Family History

Using Google is a great place to start when you want to research family history. Genealogy has become very popular and people are publishing their family research online, making it available for others to explore.

Research Family History

Advice from a Professional Genealogist

However, according to a recent four-part, New York Times “Ask An Expert” article, Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends beginning your search with a good how-to-book and she recommends three. Ms. Mills also addresses a fantastic range of genealogical questions. Perhaps she ...

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where to find family history for free

where to find family history for free

Although there are many places you can find family history for free, if you’re just beginning your genealogical journey one of your first stops should be FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch.org is the largest genealogy organization in the world and they offer free access to the billions of records they have amassed over the years. When you visit their site, register – for free – and you’ll have access to the following options:

  • SEARCH

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genealogy shows on television

genealogy shows on television

Upcoming Genealogy Shows – UPDATE!

Check your local TV listing!

Genealogy Roadshow on PBS

Look for it! “Genealogy Roadshow” is scheduled to debut at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, on PBS.

Family Tree

HBO
May 12, 2013 10:30 p.m.
Premise: A ‘mockumentary’ about the main character’s search for his family history. From HBO: “Tom starts investigating his lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters, acquiring a growing sense of who he and his real family ...

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irish descent

irish descent

While catching up on the latest genealogy news, I read an article at IrishCentral.com about the Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) program. My thoughts:

First, I think Ireland XO is a great idea. Second, I learned what diaspora meant. Third, I realized that I can use the program to determine if my paternal lineage is from Ireland – although I don’t know for certain, there is the possibilty.

Ireland XO is a Great Idea for those of ...

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as you search for family history

as you search for family history

An article I recently read, written by Brandon Widder at DIGITAL TRENDS struck a cord with me:

“There are literally thousands upon thousands of genealogy sites out there, the problem is, most of them do little more than relay you to other sites or provide you with bunk links. Luckily, there are a few worthwhile sites mixed in with all the nonsense that provide valuable historical data.”

I wholeheartedly agree that the “worthwhile sites” Mr. Widder mentions are the ...

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strategies for finding ancestors

strategies for finding ancestors

Whether you’re a seasoned genealogist who has run into the proverbial brick wall, or you’re a newbie who has just begun exploring your family history, connecting with other people who are also researching your family, your collaborative cousins, can be quite enlightening. How do we reach out to our collaborative cousins?

One way is to have your DNA tested. One of the benefits of DNA testing is the database that you’re entered into is ...

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new genealogy sources

new genealogy sources

“Imagine a search engine that simply removed the top 1 million most popular web sites from its index. What would you discover?” – Million Short.

A New Way to Research Family History Online

When you research family history online, most likely you’re using Google to do it. According to Internet marketing company Karma Snack, 88.8% of all worldwide Interent searches are done through Google. And for those of you that choose Bing, Yahoo, ...

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my family tree

my family tree

My immediate family was average sized for the time, but, unlike many of my friends, I had no cousins on my father’s side, and only 3 on my mother’s side. My father was adopted and raised as an only child, and my mother’s siblings had small families. My father never expressed an interest in his biological lineage, so that was that… my family tree was more of a family sapling… until I met my husband.

My husband’s interest in genealogy, and as I ...

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ancestry DNA testing

ancestry DNA testing

A fun, informative video from our friends at 23andMe on ancestry DNA testing:

“Just what is a 5th cousin? In this video, we look at what cousins are and examine some basic ways to determine shared DNA ancestors.”  Using 23andMe’s Relative Finder feature, “finding your cousins is easier than ever.”

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the 1940 Census is now searchable

the 1940 Census is now searchable

the 1940 Census

Yahoo! You can now search the 1940 Census by name at Ancestry.com, which can save countless hours of genealogical research. Ancestry.com will let you begin the search process for free.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

If you want unlimited access to the census records for free (your access at Ancestry.com is temporary), they are available at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). They are the official keepers of the census records. NARA joined with other genealogy organizations ...

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