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101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free

101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free
Is free genealogy a thing of the past? With the constant addition of subscription genealogy databases on the Internet, people often wonder if there will soon be an end to free genealogy research via the Web. For those of you with this concern, take heart - free genealogy databases aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Web sites from all over the world contain free genealogy information of use to family tree researchers which has been contributed by individuals, companies and even governments. Birth records, marriage records, military records, ships passenger lists, surnames, census records, immigration records, wills, photos and much, much more are available on the Internet for FREE if you just know where to look. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Next Page > Free Genealogy Sites (6-10) Home Page The Importance of Given Names In genealogy we usually concentrate on surnames since they are the most important way of identifying people who are related. A surname is usually inherited and, while it may be changed, some form of it is usually retained. Given names are more important in a way because they represent a voluntary choice by the parents or, sometimes, by an individual. Naming Patterns You will often see the same names used over and over again in families. The first son was named after the father's father The second son was named after the mother's father The third son was named after the father The fourth son was named after the father's eldest brother The first daughter after the mother's mother The second daughter after the father's mother The third daughter after the mother The fourth daughter after the mother's eldest sister If this pattern would result in a duplication of names — i.e., both grandfathers had the same name — then they would skip to the next one on the list. Frequency Names as a Virtue

geneaology-genology-geanology @ GenealogyBlog Spelling and Genealogy Spelling doesn’t count in geneaology, genology, geanology, geaneology, geneolgy, genelogy or is it geniology? Wait the correct spelling is genealogy, but who’s really paying attention. I’ve seen the word genealogy misspelled as geneaology, genology, geanology, geaneology, geneolgy, geniology and genelogy. I’ve misspelled the word once or twice in prior blog postings of mine. Kudos to those of you who can find a misspelling or two posted on one of my prior blogs. Anyone who’s been doing genealogy research for any length or time knows that the spelling of ones name doesn’t count. There are many search engines out there were you can search for your ancestors such as , , , Fold3 , OneGreatFamily and Genealogy Bank to name a few of them. That technique may work for you when you’re using a search engine which has that capability, but what do you do when you’re using a search engine such as Google or Bing.

Review of the Top 40+ FREE Online Genealogy Websites Where You Can Start Your Ancestry Search « (Update: September 26, 2011: To celebrate the two year anniversary of this post, we have added 40 more free links to a new updated post. Now there are 82 free genealogy resources that you can use right now to start your searching your family history. Check the new post out here.) There are a million websites that have information about genealogy, census records, and family tree research. Don’t sign up for a subscription genealogy website just yet, get your ancestry search started at these resources first. Here are the best free genealogy websites where you can get some good solid information about your family tree, ancestors and get your genealogy research off on a running start. It bugs me when websites claim to be free, only to have a hidden cost involved, or expect you to pay to view certain document. What you are getting here are truly FREE genealogy websites with no strings attached. Here are the best of the truly FREE genealogy websites in no particular order: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

What is a human genetic "Haplogroup"? What is a human genetic "Haplogroup"? Details Category: Genetics Published on Monday, 26 March 2007 18:00 Click image to enlarge Understanding Haplogroups Below are a few questions and answers given by FamilyTreeDNA in order to better understand 'haplogroups'. What is a haplogroup? Source: FamilyTreeDNA Want to know more about "how" to be tested and find out your personal Haplogroup?

First Cousins Once Removed (and so on) This may help you work out what relations other members of your family are to you. Cousins To find what cousin another member of your family is to you, find the nearest common ancestor, such as a grandfather or a great-grandfather. For example, if your nearest common ancestor is your great-grandfather, three generations away, you are second cousins. If your cousin is a different number of generations from the ancestor, then you are first, second, third or more cousins, where the number is one less than the number of generations that the nearer of you and your cousin is from the ancestor. Your father's cousin is your first cousin once removed, and so is your cousin's son.

Daughters of the American Revolution Library DAR Library Washington, DC The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free resource provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process. The GRS is a collection of databases that provide access to the many materials amassed by the DAR since its founding in 1890. DAR members across the country are passionate ambassadors for genealogical preservation and research, and the National Society is committed to being a premier provider of genealogical resources. The online databases are the culmination of 10 years of work by members volunteering to scan and index the vast genealogical resources of the DAR Library. The databases contain DAR proprietary information which should under no circumstances be redistributed to others; assembled or collected for purposes other than DAR membership or for citation in genealogical scholarship; or reproduced or published in any form whatsoever.

Free Genealogy and Family History Online - The USGenWeb Project Automated Genealogy Heritage Quest (Database Access) Exclusive Maps - Family Tree Magazine You don't need a time machine to travel back to your ancestors' day and experience life as they knew it — just attend a historical re-enactment. We'll help you find the right events for your research. Expert answers to your genealogy questions. Web sites, suppliers, books and resources for creating heritage scrapbooks. Genealogist's Google Earth Premium Collection With the free online program Google Earth, you can follow your forebears across the planet from the comfort of your personal computer.