Get organized and improve your family tree research with these helpful guides.
If you’re not sure what a family group sheet is, or you’ve never gotten around to using one in your genealogy research, you’re not alone. While the concept of a family group sheet is about as basic as it gets, not every family historian out there has had the chance to embrace this clever method of research and organization.
Genetic testing has made family history a topic of interest to more people than ever before. But it can also be deceptive. While modern ancestry tests do share fascinating information about a person’s heritage, the results are only truly valuable, or accurate, within the context of family history research.
It’s an often overlooked fact that a vast amount of FamilySearch’s collections can not be found via the search on their site. Millions of free family history records are waiting to be discovered but have not yet been indexed and are, therefore, somewhat hard to find.
In this guide to African American genealogy research, we will talk about how to get started researching your African American ancestors, discuss common challenges and potential strategies for avoiding them, and highlight the best resources to help you begin to uncover your family’s roots.
Here's how to reach and engage with more members of your family, easily update them on your research progress, and create something lasting that you can be proud of. Even if your creations don’t last forever, the connections you created and the information you shared will have lasting impacts on those you love.
Genealogy is an endless treasure hunt and, if you’re not careful, you can spend a lot of your own treasure building your family tree. Subscriptions to the popular paid genealogy sites like Ancestry and MyHeritage can cost hundreds of dollars a year. That’s why we are all about mining the vast genealogy resources on the internet for free records.
Do you have an old family photo you can’t identify? Are you unsure of the time period or place a photo was taken in? Perhaps you want to connect with others who are researching a specific ancestor you have an image of? If so, Google Image Search offers a unique way to explore your family history.
Every single online collection of genealogy records is vitally important – whether the database contains one record or a billion. But have you ever wondered what the largest collections on the web are, and who offers them? Let’s have some fun and take a look.
Although many family historians use their phones to record old photos already (by photographing them or using one of the available app scanners on the market) Google’s PhotoScan is likely to offer increased accuracy and ease of use, as well as many advanced options.
The hybrid nature of Pinterest is what really makes it a one-of-a-kind experience. Part search engine, part organization tool, and part social media site – there are many useful features to be taken advantage of. As a family historian, you can harness this awesomeness for your own purposes.
One of the most commonly overlooked tactics for successfully locating ancestors in online databases is to search collections individually. Whether you’re searching through records on FamilySearch or another large site, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the additional details you can uncover by searching this way.
The 1940 census of the United States is a particularly exciting one for genealogy research for a number of reasons. But there is a critical element of this massive family history resource that often gets overlooked. Built into the 16th census of the USA was a brand new initiative — the collection of a statistical sample of information for the purpose of extrapolating demographic data for the entire US.
Have you ever been on a genealogy website, trying to find a specific detail about your ancestor, when you discovered that the search functionality was too limited to turn up the information you need? How can you uncover what you’re looking for on these sites to avoid missed records? Here’s a simple solution you don’t want to miss.