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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Top 5 or 10 Fee-Based Genealogy Sites

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):


1)  Ken McKinlay posted My Top 10 Fee-based Genealogy Sites this past week, so I’ve made it the challenge this week (thanks to Linda Stufflebean for the suggestion!).

2)  List your Top 5 or 10 top fee-based genealogy sites, and a short reason for listing them.

3)  Share you list on your own blog, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a link to your list wherever it is.

Here’s mine:

1)  Ancestry.com — it has the most record collections, the most complex search system, the most record hints, etc.  I do a lot of my record finding there.  I’m in it every day.

2)  AmericanAncestors.org — I have so many New England ancestral families and AA has so many records that other sites don’t have.  This is my go-to site for probate records in estate file form, for many vital records, etc.  I’m in it every week at least.

3)  FamilyTreeWebinars.com — this is my favorite education site, with several recorded webinars every week and a library of about 1,400 webinars.  Amazing breadth her.  I’m in it every week.

4)  MyHeritage.com — it has many collections, and some are unique to MyHeritage.  The record hints are more accurate than any other site.  I love the search by source for people in my MyHeritage tree.  I’m in it several times a week.

5)  Newspapers.com — the newspaper collections are wonderful, but the OCR indexing leaves something to be desired.  I’m in this site several times a week, often as a result of a Hint on Ancestry.  

6)  Findmypast.com — it also has many collections, and some are unique to Findmypast.  I have many English (but no Irish, Scots or Welsh!) ancestral families so the breadth here is very useful.   I wish it had more from records Wiltshire and Somerset, though.  I use the NewspaperArchive and PERSI links occasionally.  I’m in this site several times a week.
7)  GenealogyBank.com — this newspaper site (plus other useful collections) is excellent, and includes the San Diego papers.  I’m in this site at least once a week.

8)  Geni.com — this collaborative family tree can be very useful for finding one-name study people, for other researchers with my ancestors, and for relationships with famous people.  I’m in it at least once a week.

9)  Fold3.com — this site is my go-to site for military records, and it used to be the only site with indexed city directories and big city newspapers.  I’m in this site several times a month.

10)  FamilyTreeDNA.com (I count this as fee-based because I had to pay to use it) — this DNA site is excellent, and the family trees can help me find distant cousins and most recent common ancestors.

That’s my ten.  I don’t use Archives.com or VitalSearch.com; I do use 23andMe.com but they don’t have match’s trees; I don’t have a GEDmatch Tier 1 subscription; I do have a Genetic Affairs monthly subscription which was very helpful for DNA clusters before Ancestry canceled it;  I do have Virtual Genealogical Society and DNA Central subscriptions; I don’t subscribe to ScotlandsPeople or The Genealogist or any Irish fee site; I don’t have any other subscriptions to other fee-based sites to my knowledge.  I didn’t consider software programs, genealogical or historical societies (except for NEHGS/AmericanAncestors) subscriptions.  

I know I’ve missed or forgotten about some websites – I look forward to exploring some that others comment on.

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What to do with records of Female Ancestors

DearREADERS,

Based on a discussion in The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group, we tackle the question of what to do with the records of our female ancestors. It all boils down to whether she keeps her maiden name or not, as a cultural influence where she lived, and what system works for each researcher.

We used the example of Pat’s father, who married four times. We also delved into the situation where we had much for a woman’s married life, then discovered her maiden name. Research on that maiden name takes on a new focus, as we attempt to discover her parents and grandparents. And then there’s the problem of what to do when we find other people in the same place and time who have the same surname/maiden name, but we have not yet proved if they are related to our family.
We agreed it’s best to make a digital copy of everything found to identify an ancestress. We also agreed that although we may put trees up on websites for the hints that can crop up, it is best to have our complete and most accurate database on our personal computers, backed up to the cloud in case of disaster like a hard drive failure, or calamities from Mother Nature.

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19:01:37 From  Myra Lindgren : Good evening everyone……It was an easily made decision not to watch the debate…
19:01:48 From  Flo Merritt : Hello all
19:02:21 From  Pat Jackson  to  All panelists : hi from Kentucky. have the debate on mute.
19:05:15 From  Launa Droescher : I use last names. ie. merritt-tillitson_1938 for marriage
19:05:40 From  Betty-Lu Burton : Does blank spaces count in that 256 character count
19:09:10 From  Betty-Lu Burton : We are thinking English centric research. Both my Norwegian and Italian lines the woman keep her maiden name and even her death record is listed under the maiden name
19:09:47 From  Myra Lindgren : Same here with the Swedish and Danish.
19:09:54 From  Betty-Lu Burton : I only have the mic on my computer
19:10:21 From  David Hopper  to  All panelists : English speakers favor farther for physical distances and further for figurative distances.
19:11:22 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : That is also true of French-Canadians until about 50-100 yrs. ago.  A woman kept her maiden name for her entire life.
19:11:25 From  Sheri Snodgrass : From Grammerly:  People use both further and farther to mean “more distant.” However, American English speakers favor farther for physical distances and further for figurative distances.
19:14:44 From  carencay bowen  to  All panelists : Korean / Japanese – women keep their maiden name all their life. Its the children that take on the fathers lastname
19:15:59 From  Pat Jackson : yes
19:16:08 From  Betty-Lu Burton : Remember to change from panelist to panelist and attendees
19:16:29 From  Myra Lindgren : Same here Betty – am at the desktop.
19:17:18 From  Sheri Snodgrass : The system that is best for each of us is the one that we will use consistently
19:17:22 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : Sorry, looks like my headset is not going to carry the mic, it just lets me hear you.
19:18:34 From  Betty-Lu Burton : One thing that will determine the folder system is going to be what happens to the woman’s name when they get married
19:18:49 From  Pat Jackson : good point, Sheri
19:21:34 From  Betty-Lu Burton : I have been going back and forth on whether I want to do a separate file for may Italian family while I am working on the records in Aosta, Italy
19:21:40 From  Sheri Snodgrass : I have separate trees for me and hubby (no children) and have recently realized we have a cross family connection – my uncle by marriage is his 2nd cousin.
19:23:30 From  Linda Morgan Clark  to  All panelists : I like what Myrt did with her dad’s wives. I need to do something similar for my brother’s 9 wives (you got that right – 9!)
19:29:09 From  Sheri Snodgrass : What messes me up is when they hyphenate only the kids surnames – ugh! 
19:29:35 From  Pat Jackson : I agree with Russ
19:29:39 From  Kathy Richardson : A woman disappears into her husband’s surname. I use my maiden name as my middle name
19:29:40 From  Linda Morgan Clark  to  All panelists : Sometimes women take back their birth surname when they get a divorce, or their spouse dies
19:30:39 From  Pat Jackson : I do also, Kathy, and my maiden name is Richardson, lol.
19:31:41 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : I agree with Russ.  I was taught, 30 yrs ago to always use maiden names for females and have followed that advise successfully.  For my husband and myself, most of our immigrant ancestors to back to 17th century MA, but it has caused no confusion
19:31:49 From  Betty-Lu Burton : I choose a main name and then do a alternate name when I find them with a different spelling of the names and then I attach the record to the alternate name also
19:32:23 From  Kathy Richardson : Pat, my maiden name is Cox. They were Quakers in PA, NC, KY and IN as they migrated
19:32:41 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : I rely on my genealogy program for connections
19:33:14 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Just realized hubby’s cousin’s wife’s given name included her mother’s maiden name as her middle name – don’t see that often for women.
19:34:44 From  Betty-Lu Burton : My document files are by surname, but my source citations in my software are by location
19:34:53 From  Pat Jackson : I have lots of PA to OH Quakers. only Cox name I can think of is on a different line. My Quakers were Palmers, mostly.
19:39:24 From  Betty-Lu Burton : In the early days when I would be finding several families in the same microfilm or book, I then kept those records by place
19:40:24 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Had a discussion over the weekend about this how to order – and recommended if you have a physical order that makes sense to you then order your computer files the same way.
19:43:31 From  Betty-Lu Burton : I have done that many times to. It would always take me a few minutes to figure out how to use the microfilm printer. 
19:45:04 From  Betty-Lu Burton : How things have changed from the days when I copied pages of IGI micro fiche to work on my family
19:45:37 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Save originals of important or sentimental items
19:46:38 From  Flo Merritt : If possible, every thing should be saved digitally. But…Originals or only known copies should be kept forever. 
19:46:42 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : I tend to only keep the digital copies. Although I still keep the photocopied Civil War pension file that I photocopied at NARA.
19:46:45 From  carencay bowen  to  All panelists : keep Birth x Marriage x Death and Censuses x Military plus photos (under 20 , 30s x Older)
19:49:02 From  Myra Lindgren : Digitalizing everything. Originals are in the safe.
19:50:16 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Discussion with folks in flood or fire zones makes me want to have everything digitally just in case.
19:50:39 From  Launa Droescher : they should be scanned also
19:51:31 From  Pat Jackson : I don’t plan to get rid of my dad’s binders. would like to scan them but they’re huge and have tiny tabs down the side for generations.
19:52:37 From  Launa Droescher : while I research copy to ever note also  past image into evernote
19:53:18 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : I use it to keep notes of things to retrieve from archives, but most of my notes go into FTM.
19:54:18 From  Kathleen Daetsch : I have used evernote It’s great to use while you are doing research on that family  
19:55:09 From  Myra Lindgren : Roots Magic only.
19:55:56 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : In Roots Magic I have one db for my family and one for my husband’s.  In My Heritage it is just one.
19:55:58 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : Only FTM.
19:56:03 From  Kathleen Daetsch : yes I have done that also.
19:56:06 From  Pam Wade : Roots Magic only
19:56:14 From  Flo Merritt : FTM
19:56:15 From  Sheri Snodgrass : I have a main tree database and several working for other lines/families in FMT
19:56:18 From  Sheri Snodgrass : FTM
19:56:32 From  Pat Jackson : I work in Ancestry and back up to FTM
19:56:57 From  Linda Morgan Clark  to  All panelists : I have 2. One is a total mess, the other is my “clean” one. I drag and drop between them. 
19:57:02 From  Pat Jackson : yes
19:57:11 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Like Pat – I have separate trees on Ancestry
19:57:12 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : Tree at Ancestry is my test one.
19:57:30 From  Myra Lindgren : Ancestry, Family Search, and multiple other genealogy sites.
19:57:46 From  Pat Jackson : I have a DNA spec tree and a “real” tree
19:57:51 From  carencay bowen  to  All panelists : Ancestry = 4 trees / MyHeritage = 2 trees / Family Search = 1 tree / Software
19:58:04 From  Pam Wade : Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage and Wiki Tree
19:58:10 From  Janet Iles : one database for my family — Brother’s Keeper; but I download my Ancestry tree into RootsMagic (not as many names); 
19:58:23 From  Susan Bleimehl  to  All panelists : That’s an excellent idea.
19:58:31 From  Launa Droescher : main one is in Legacy, with bits and pieces  on MyHeritage,  Familysearch, Ancestry
19:59:41 From  Kathleen Daetsch : I will set up a second tree to try to figure out how a group of people are related to each other. 
20:00:02 From  Pat Jackson : I have unproved DNA matches in my spec tree and hope to someday connect. by having them in there with my people it’s easier to see common surnames.
20:03:02 From  Kathleen Daetsch : My gg grandmother was married to her brother in  laws cousins, I had a separate tree for that group so I could figure out how they were all related.
20:03:58 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Great discussion!   
20:04:28 From  Sheri Snodgrass : Did a class on Ancestry downloading and had someone say – didn’t realize he needed to download it.
20:04:43 From  Marcia White  to  All panelists : So interesting and much food for thought!
20:05:06 From  Flo Merritt : Thank you! 
20:05:10 From  Myra Lindgren : Thank you! I enjoyed this much more than watching the debate.
20:05:31 From  Kathleen Daetsch : good ideas but I still have a mess of files.
20:06:52 From  Kathleen Daetsch : thank you good meeting

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your School Yearbook Photos

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)   Ancestry.com updated their School Yearbook collection and it is FREE to access until 2 September.  Use https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/yearbooksindex/.

2)  Show us your school yearbook photos from the Ancestry collection, or from your personal photo collection.  Tell us the school and year.  Add your spouse or best friend or children if you wish!

  3)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook post.

Here’s mine:


1)  I was a 1961 high school graduate of San Diego High School in San Diego, California.  Here is the entry in the 1961 SDHS yearbook:


I think I wrote that myself trying to be funny.  I had to check a YouTube video yesterday to check out the Hully Gully song and dance.  I don’t recall what Boys Federation was.  I recall Veni Vidi Vici.  I was skinny then – 5’7″ and 120 pounds… I really didn’t enjoy high school.  Math, Latin, Social Studies, Physics and Chemistry were great, but gym was terrible.  The only sport I was good at was handball.  Gym ruined my GPA.   I had no social life being smaller than every girl but one at the school.  

2)  Here is my wife, Linda Leland, in her 1960 yearbook of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco:



And in the 1964 San Francisco State yearbook:


I showed you mine – please show me yours!!

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Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

Genealogy News Bytes – 16 July 2019


Some of the genealogy news and education items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:


Announcing the Polish Genealogy Conference 2019


*  Announcement – Laura G. Prescott Scholarship Winners

*  Vivid-Pix Announces Adding Metadata Zoom/Transcribe Feature to its RESTORE Software


2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Wednesday, 17 July, 11 a.m.:  Research Your Newfoundland Ancestors, by Tessa Keough

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar — Wednesday, 17 July, 6 p.m. PDT:  More Power: Genetic Genealogy Apps and Extensions, by Shannon Christmas

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands, by Yvette Hoitink

4)  Genealogy Education – Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #88 — Write Your Story


*  Extreme Genes:  Episode 290 – The Georgetown Memory Project / Lambert On Researching Revolutionary Ancestors

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 53 – U.S. Homestead Records

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):


6)  Genealogy Bargains:



7)  DNA Success Stories:


8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes – 12 July 2019?

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"A Mother’s Love ….. or Something Else" by Peter E. Small: Part VII

Genea-Musings reader Peter E. Small solved a family genealogical mystery and wrote a report about it, and I offered to publish his work on my blog.

This will be a multi-part series posted over several weeks – probably on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Earlier parts were published in:

*  Prologue:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/05/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by.html
*  Part I:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/05/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_30.html
*  Part II:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by.html
*  Part III: https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_6.html
*  Part IV:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_11.html
*  Part V:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_13.html
*  Part VI:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_18.html

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A Mother’s Love…..or something else?
 A True Genealogical Mystery Solved

 Copyright © 2019 Peter E. Small, All Rights Reserved

PART VII

Pleased to meet you, Hope you guess my name. But what’s puzzling you, Is the nature of my game… “Sympathy for the Devil” – The Rolling Stones


Finding Paul C. Dormitzer, Jr’s birth record was a very satisfying result to what seemed to be an
insurmountable impasse.
Many hours were devoted to searching every possible resource I could think of to find yet one more
person that didn’t exist, Paul C. Small.
Now I had documented proof of his actual name, date and place of birth and parentage. Things were
beginning to fall into place. Smooth sailing, full speed ahead. One would think.
But something unexpected happened. It was “deja vu all over again” to quote Yogi Berra.
As I began researching young master Dormitzer it became evident that there were a limited number of people with that surname. The majority of them were either in the Midwest or an area centered on Boston, Massachusetts. A standard search on Ancestry.com for Paul Clifford Dormitzer born 1905 +/- 2 years, etc. returned no results. Changes were made to the search criteria which, in turn, gleaned the same negative results. Similar searches were performed on the Family Search and Google websites and they too did not find my prey.

“One step forward, two steps back” was not exactly the phrase I was thinking of after several hours of
searching and finding no results at all for Paul C. Dormitzer, the younger.

I had located his birth in a 1905 Washington State register. He was enumerated as Paul C. Small in the 1910 and 1920 Census’. He was too young to have registered for the WWI draft in 1917/18. Was the name Dormitzer mangled beyond recognition by an enumerator or a transcriber? Had he relocated to, and died, in a state whose records were not available? For whatever reason, my new found fish had gotten away.

I put Paul Clifford Dormitzer on the back burner and turned my attention to Austin Manford Small’s
oldest son Lester. A copy of the newspaper clipping which reported him missing in action during WWI sat on top of a stack of papers on the corner of my desk. The reference to Lester being the half-brother of a Lieutenant J.S. Smith still intrigued me and I initiated a search to find their family ties.

I started by reading both books, about trench warfare, which were authored by Lieutenant J.S. Smith.
Neither mentioned Lester Austin Small. His obituary in The Canadian Statesman newspaper dated 31
August 1950 made no mention of family members other than his father and mother. They were referred to as “the late W.R. Smith (sic) of Port Hope and Mrs. Smith.

A search for Carrie Mason’s first husband Wallace Burdick Smith produced many results. They included documents supporting his birth, marriages and death, etc. Several Family Trees, on both the Ancestry and Family Search websites, were also included as a result of the search.

As previously reported Wallace and Carrie had one daughter and two sons. The Family Trees, in the
search results, included a third son Paul C. Smith. The Tree owners recorded his birth as 24 November 1908 or 1907 in Seattle, Washington without a primary source citation.”

So, Paul C. Dormitzer, Jr.and/or Paul C. Small had not died, as I had hypothesized. Instead, the two had some how morphed into a Paul C. Smith with a different year of birth. What was the impetus of this metamorphosis?

There are 16 births for 24 November 1908 recorded in the State of Washington Birth Register. None of them has the surname Smith or anything which might be misconstrued to be Smith.

I had performed a cursory review of several “Public” Family Trees on Ancestry which included Paul C. Smith. Carrie A. Smith being Paul C. Smith’s mother was the closest thing to reality in the trees I reviewed. 

Reviewing unsubstantiated information was a waste of time. It also may have resulted in me spinning my wheels by chasing another non-existent phantom.

I tried inputting various search criteria in Ancestry’s “Search” function. When asked for a “Place your ancestor might have lived” I alternated between Washington State and California.

The search using Washington State yielded a California Death Index, 1940-1997 result for Paul C. Smith who was born 24 November 1908 in Washington State and died 15 June 1976 in San Mateo, California. This was, possibly, the source for his birth date in some of the Family Trees. Not an unusual transgression. I plead guilt to using birth dates from the Social Security Death Index when a legitimate source could not be found.

I do record a comment in the “notes” section of my genealogical database program highlighting that fact. Using California as part of the search function resulted in a 1940 enumeration of a San Francisco entry for a Paul C. Smith who was born in Washington State in 1909. He was single and worked as a journalist for a newspaper.

A light came on and I remembered that one of the Family Trees I had reviewed included 28 “facts” and one of those “facts” for Paul Clifford Smith was that he was the Editor and General Manager of the San Francisco Chronicle.

I returned to the tree for a second look. Most of the “fact” entries were not your usual BMD (birth,
marriage and death) type entries. Instead, the tree owner recorded almost every major event in his life, year-by-year, in chronological order. When he graduated high school, all the different jobs he had worked, his military service, etc. were all listed. Unless Paul C. Smith and the Tree owner were very closely related, which didn’t seem probable, where were all these “facts,” which were not sourced, coming from?

If Paul Clifford Smith had been the San Francisco Chronicle Editor and General Manager our friends at Google would most likely know about it. Within a few minutes I was reviewing pages of items which referred to my “wayward son.” Evidently, in 1964 Mr. Smith had written his autobiography, the title of which was Personal File. This was likely the source for all those “facts” in the family tree I had perused.

My next stop was to Amazon.com where I found and purchased a copy of Personal File. Once the book was in my possession it would not take much of a detective to unravel the mystery surrounding Paul Clifford Smith.


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Randy’s NOTE:  Stay tuned for the next installment of this multi-chapter report.  I will add all of the chapters to this post, and the other chapter posts, as they are published. The chapters to date are:



My thanks to Peter for sharing this mystery and its’ solution with me and the Genea-Musings readers.

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Copyright (c) 2019, Peter E. Small

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Professional Genealogy Research Advantages: The Gift of Learning Your Ancestry

Professional Genealogy Research Advantages: The Gift of Learning Your Ancestry

Many people are eager to find out their ancestors as well as where they come from. Thus, learning the history of your family becomes a popular objective. It can start from a hobby during weekends to everyday pastime and even to a regular job. In fact, a very attractive alternative for a day job or incomplete research is to rely on a genealogy research done by professionals. The advantages that it provides can be a gift for you.

1.Speed. Using trained and certified genealogists in conducting research can allow you to take the advantages of their previous experiences and expertise. Certified genealogists already know what they are going to do thus their research are efficient. Let their efficiency and speed work for you.

2.Training. Trained genealogists always have systematic plans. Their tasks are listed from the very beginning of the research until the end. They get the most relevant and the best information rather than sifting over countless census, probates, and other records. Their experience combined with a thorough training is effective for knowing what to find, where to find, and how to find. Researching your family history requires knowledge of various resources, from books to microfilms to computerized records, from correspondence indices to probates to censuses.

3.Geographical access. Even though the internet has become a good source for plenty of records, some information are not yet entered in the computer. To obtain these records, you need to send money and letters to archive offices located in far places. When you choose a professional research service, make sure that the location is closer to a huge resource such as the Family History Library, or the National Archives, each stores millions of important documents.

4.Accuracy. Many years of genealogy practice exposes you to a lot of conflicting information. For example you have learned from your mother that the birthday of your great grandmother is in June however the official record reveals that it is February. There also instances that the documents disagree. You should be able to determine the right source. Say, John Smith is your great grandfather and he passed away in 1995. So, how would you be able to find the true John Smith?

Trained researchers already know everything on how to analyze conflicting sources as well as identify the individuals accurately. Based on their experience and training, they are able to judge the date that appears to be more accurate. Likewise, they can determine your ancestor with the name of John Smith.

Assessment of source material takes several years of experience in the field of genealogy. Professional genealogists can ensure that their works have accuracy.

5.Qualified access. Most resources are very sensitive. Some have even restricted access. Many archives have strict rules regarding the use of their resources. It can include the person who wants to access particular information, the procedure of accessing the materials, the researcher’s return incentives, and others. Certified genealogists are familiarized with these restrictions already. They have the expertise in researching in such environments and handling documents. Moreover, only professional genealogists are permitted to do the research in archives with only limited access.

Learning your ancestry is fun as well as a unique gift. Remember, to avoid any hassles, ask for the help of professionals.

Online genealogy research to understand family history and ancestry

Life is lived onwards but understood backwards. Indeed, there are lot of things to learn in history, more so, with the people for whom you own your heritage. Those people whom youve never ever heard of, the forgotten souls of your great, great, great, great grandparents were the reason why you are on earth right now. Because of this, many peoples interests were captured on studying their own roots, their genealogy.

Over the years, the supreme records that serve as the best research tools on the study of genealogy are held in microfilm reels. The members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were the major collectors of family trees as part of their religion and belief. Because of this, most family researchers seek for their help in tracing their line of ancestors.

Aside from the records of the Mormons, there also other excellent sources to find names of the people. One of which is the newspaper. Newspapers can contain articles about or obituaries of your relatives who lived decades ago. Funeral cards are also powerful tools for researchers. These could be found from the closets of your parents or libraries. Also, you can interview your living relatives about the names of your ancestors, their stories, and their way of living during the time. Nevertheless, all these sum up to the laborious chore of studying your genealogy. And to add to the difficulty is the financial concern. The old methods of tracing the family genealogy are undoubtedly expensive. Tracing the genealogy requires an investment. The introduction of internet to the world of genealogy is a great technological spec.

Because of the online genealogy system, all the records and files from the primary documents, to newspaper articles and obituaries down to the funeral cards were all embedded to the vast sea of knowledge. This online system allows the researchers to an easy access to the resources. All the capabilities and authentications of the recorded documents are posted at the internet. And everyday, more sets of information are entered to the web to keep its record updated and reliable.

There are free genealogy search engines that require only certain information such as surname, name, and/or location of your ancestry. In an instant, you can readily find your line of ancestry. However, if you are not satisfied with the results reported by search engines, you can conduct further study of your genealogy. To help you in this quest, you can post at the online message board the specific surname that you are tracing. In this manner, you will be able to meet fellow genealogists who are working on the same surname.

For genealogists, the online research for resources is beneficial. It helps cut the cost of expenses and the time allotted for genealogy research. Aside from this, they can share their documents with other researchers online. The exchange of information speeds up the tracking of heritage.

While you seek to learn more about many things, dont you think it is also fulfilling to know your roots?

Culture Genealogy Society: The Best Ancestry Resources in the Net

Culture Genealogy Society: The Best Ancestry Resources in the Net

Families are the most important members of society. You have to consider that there are quite a lot of people today who wants to know more about their family’s history to know where they came from. You have to consider that finding about your genealogy is quite fun. Some people even said that they were surprised that they found out that they had a lot of relatives and that they are even related to their friends. You have to consider that genealogy can give you a lot of discoveries about your family.

There are even families that discovered that they had American Indian blood running through their veins and they didnt even know about it until they had their genealogy traced. Today, the internet is one of the best tools that you can use to find your ancestors or your genealogy. You have to consider that researching about your genealogy is a fun activity for the whole family. Although you may see that it can be hard to trace your family’s genealogy and you may sometimes encounter dead ends to finding important documents that are important when tracing your ancestors, you will still acquire information about different distant relatives you have.

There are quite a lot of websites available in the internet that specializes in genealogy and you can use one of these websites to trace your family’s genealogy. One such website that can provide you links to genealogy website is the Culture Genealogy Society website. In this website, you will find reputable genealogy website links that specializes in different cultures. There are websites for American Indian DNA genealogy, and there are even European genealogy websites where you can retrace who your ancestors were.

The genealogy websites in Culture Genealogy Society will provide you with copies of original documents for viewing and it will also furnish you with a virtual family tree where you can easily retrace the origins of your family. There are also websites included that can provide you enough information to search for your genealogy on your own or with the expertise of a genealogist.

Although it can sometimes take a lot of time finding your ancestors, you will still have a lot of fun rediscovering your family’s proud and sometimes shameful history. For example, the incumbent President George W. Bush genealogy traces that he is a very distant cousin to his political rival John Kerry and he is even a distant cousin of the Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

As you can see, genealogy can provide you with interesting information. After finding out about their genealogy, some people even said that it’s hard to believe that they were related to someone famous. There are even Hispanics who said that they found out in their genealogy that they had some African American blood running in their veins and they didnt even know about it.

Culture Genealogy Society will provide you with different kinds of information about your family. Who knows, maybe after rediscovering your genealogy you will find that you are related to someone famous.

Automated Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestry in Canada

If you want to find out about your relatives who lived in Canada in the years 1901 or 1911 the Automated Genealogy website is for you. This particular website contains comprehensive information about people who lived in Canada during the years 1901 and 1911.

A lot of people who have Canadian ancestry are curious about their family’s past. If you are one of these people then the Automated Genealogy website is for you. In this website you will find your Canadian ancestors who migrated, born and lived in Canada in the years 1901 and 1911. However you have to consider that this website is made by volunteer who are working very hard to complete the 1901 and 1911 census and put it in their database. In the 1901 census alone, there are over 5.6 million lines. As you can see, it can take quite a while to complete the entire database and put it in the website.

The genealogists working with the Automated Genealogy website works very hard to find all the documents about the people who lived in Canada in 1901 and 1911. You should consider the fact that a lot of people migrated during these two years and if you think that your ancestors lived in Canada during these years and want to find out more about the lineage of your family, then you should consider using this website. It’s free and they made links to original documents for viewing. The interface is also easy to use for your convenience.

Some people even testified that they found out about their great grandmother’s sister and her spouse after only a few seconds upon arriving in the website and searching. Here you will find marriage, death, migration and even birth documents that is both easy to find and also easy to read.

The volunteers here are also developing other census, such as the 1906 census of Canada, 1872 Kings County census and even the Canadian soldiers of World War I. They made the site easy to understand that even people who knows only a little about genealogy can understand how to search for their Canadian ancestors. You should consider that this website is relatively new and the researchers and genealogists along with the website developers involved are still improving the website and completing their data gathering efforts to provide quality services for their visitors.

So, if you are interested in knowing about your Canadian past, or if you think you have ancestors living in Canada and want to know more about your long lost extended family, you should consider exploring the Automated Genealogy website. If you are successful with your search, you may even organize a family reunion where every member of your family can exchange stories about your long lost relatives and know more about what’s become of your family.

Indeed, finding out about your family can be fun. With the Automated Genealogy, you can be sure that you will find your ancestors who lived in Canada in 1901 and 1911.