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Genealogy Search Engine Searching For Your Lost Relatives

There are about an estimated of 6,525,170,264 people living in the planet today. You have to consider that that’s a lot of people and imagine if you are related to roughly a million of this people. It’s hard to believe but it is a possibility. Even incumbent president George W. Bush traced his relations to his rival John Kerry. In fact, John Kerry is the 16th cousin, three times removed of George W. Bush. This is an amazing fact but still, it is.

Today, because of DNA testing and professional methods used by genealogist, it is now very much possible to trace your long lost relatives that you didnt even know existed. Finding your genealogy is a fun family activity where everyone will be fascinated about who they are related to. Who knows? Maybe when you try searching for your genealogy it will uncover certain facts that you are related to someone famous today, such as Tom Cruise or even famous politicians, such as George W. Bush. It may be amazing, but it is a possibility.

More and more people are now trying to trace their genealogy for fun, or for medical purposes. Some do this just to find out how far they can trace their ancestors and their distant relatives. So, if you are one of these people who are trying to find their genealogy, you can consider hiring a genealogist to do the job for you. However, you may find that hiring genealogists may be costly and finding your genealogy yourself can prove very hard.

However, because of modern technology, there is another way on how you can search for your genealogy. Today, the internet is one of the widely used communication tools available. Besides, it is easier, it is faster and the best thing about the internet is that it’s cheap. There are available websites today that are dedicated to genealogy search. There are even genealogy search engines where you can type in your grandparent’s full name, and date of birth to reveal their family tree.

You have to consider that birth records, marriage records, death records and even marriage records are now also stored in computers today. Many organizations make this available on the internet. Because of this, genealogists and web developers use this tool in order to make an automated family tree and make it available in an easy to read interface in the internet.

There are free and pay genealogy search engines available. If you are just starting out your search, you can consider using the free genealogy search engine. However, free genealogy search engines have only limited resources and can only take you to your great-great grandparents or less. If you want to broaden your family tree, you have to consider using the pay genealogy search engine website. It can offer more comprehensive results and some can also offer automated family tree that is easy to use and is printable in large formats.

So, if you want to find out about your past, you should consider searching for your relatives through genealogy search engines. You will be surprised on how many people you are related to.

Talking to Grandma: How to Successfully Interview your Relatives

The first step to any kind of family history research is to record what is already known. If you haven’t been interested in family history in the past, this is most often done by speaking to your relatives, particularly the older living generations. If you don’t go into the interview with a clear agenda, you may find that you don’t get much accomplished other than chit chat, especially if you don’t often see your relatives, so it is important to have a plan before beginning any interview.

Take a notebook or tape recorder if possible to record information. Names and dates all start to run together if you don’t keep record of what your relatives are saying. Also, come with a list of questions. Some people may be slightly uncomfortable opening up to you, so begin with questions about the interviewee. For example, ask older relatives what his or her life was like growing up. When they mention their mother or father, jump in to ask about their names, dates of marriage, etc. Be sensitive about deaths of close ones, but you should politely ask this as well to fill in the gaps in your research. Record everything they tell you, even if it seems insignificant at the time. Later in your research, the smallest bit of information may lead you in a new direction. Take careful notes about names, and ask for full name spellings whenever possible. Even a common name, like Sue, might stem from Susan, Suzanne, Suelynn, Bobbisue, or any other of the countless variations. Also write down names of friends that your relatives mention. Even though they are not part of your family tree, if they are living and were close to your family, they might remember names and dates that your relative does not.

Be conscious and considerate of other people’s time. Even with your own mother or father, it is important to thank them for spending some time talking with you. Offer to share a copy of your research when you have progressed farther. A thoughtful way to say thank you is to conduct your interview over dinner and pay for the meal at the end. This will also keep you on a time schedule.

Remember that not everything your relatives tell you will be true or exactly accurate, even though they might not consciously be lying to you. Family stories get exaggerated over time, dates get confusing, and even important details are lost to the years. Use you relatives’ interviews as a starting point, but confirm all the details with other sources before you consider them facts.

Net Networks: Finding Relatives Online

Hands down, the most valuable tool for modern genealogy researchers is the Internet. While the Internet is of course a great way to perform searches and generally learn about the art of hunting for your ancestors, one of the most overlooked uses is networking. If you are just beginning your research, join one or many of the thousands of message boards on the Internet to find contacts and gain insight from people who have been doing this for years. You never know-you might even find a long-lost relative online!

First, decide what kind of message board is appropriate for you. Yahoo, America Online, and various genealogy sites have special message boards set up to help researchers. You can join one or many, and most are completely free as long as you register with a valid email account. Be safe-remember to never give out personal information, such as your home phone number, on the web, because predators can use this to find you. Also, consider a fun screen name that reflects your surname, rather than one which is your entire name. For example, instead of using “joe_allen_smith123” as your name under which you will speak to other members, you might consider something like “smith_boy456” or “looking_for_smiths789.” You can even use something more generic should as “love_my_family246.” Most of the time, you will need to use both letters and numbers, so use numbers that don’t mean anything personal. Use caution, but don’t let fear keep you from this great resource.

Message boards all have their own individual goals, so make sure you sign up for one that fits your needs before filling out the registration. For example, some are for beginners, so if you have no need to discuss simple things, such as birth records, you might rather sign up for the advanced message board. Also, read some of the previous posts to get a feel for the population using the message board. Sometimes, people will use lots of profanity, which may make you uncomfortable, or discuss one aspect of genealogy, such as family health. Sign up for what you need.

Message boards work in two ways-giving help and getting help. Although you may not gain anything personally from answering someone’s question, remember to do it from time to time anyway, since someone is taking the time to answer yours. Message boards can lead you to a variety of sources and even help you locate people who are researching similar surnames, so this is a great option for beginners who have a personal computer.

Getting the Dirt on Your Relatives

When you begin doing research, you probably have no idea what you will uncover. Of course, you’ll expect to find records for things such as the military and engagements, but you could also uncover some skeletons that can make great conversation at the next family reunion. Take pride in your ancestor’s dirty little secrets-every family has a few black sheep. It just makes your family history more colorful and interesting.

Before becoming colonies, America was the place Europeans sent a lot of their criminals. Most took this as an opportunity for a second chance, with the more unruly ones being sent on to Australia. However, if your ancestors came to the United States in the 1600s or 1700s, there’s definitely a possibility that they led unlawful lives in Europe and came to the New World either as punishment or to escape charges. Finding out the circumstances of your ancestor’s immigration can be funny and interesting. Prison records, though they may be difficult to find and read, can give you an account of your black sheep.

Also, you may find some promiscuous relatives in your past. As is often the case today, it was generally a scandal to have a child out of wedlock, so if a girl found out she was pregnant before she was married, one option was to quickly marry the father (or her current beau, if they weren’t the same person!). At the time, no one may have noticed, but when you do a timeline, check out the marriage dates versus the date of the birth of the couple’s first child. If it isn’t eight and a half months or more, your ancestor probably married to avoid scandal-perhaps she didn’t even marry the true father. Didn’t you ever wonder where your red hair came from?

Don’t be surprised to find out that modern married couples are distantly related. Of course, you have every right to tease, but its nothing to be worried about. It was common practice in early America, and still within some Amish communities today, to allow the marriage of first cousins. Modern technology now warns us of the genetic dangers of this, but learning that your mother’s great-great-grandfather was a cousin to your father’s great-great-grandfather is not a big deal. Sure, it may be a little weird to think about, but in the end, it makes your research a little easier since your family tree converges a bit. Overall, go into your research with an open mind and a sense of humor. Families were (and still are) pretty wacky, so if you uncover some skeletons, don’t be ashamed.