TheShipsList: Passengers, Ships, Shipwrecks Family Genealogy | Genealogy on the Internet Getting Started on Your Family Tree Family mementoes Introduction The first task that faces every family historian when they begin research into an individual is to collect basic biographical details about the person under investigation. The events that are shared by everyone - birth and death - are the best place to start. In many cases marriage will also be on the list. '... birth and death - are the best place to start.' We have these records because, due to massive population expansion in the 19th century, civil registration for births, marriages and deaths was introduced in England and Wales in 1837, 1855 in Scotland and 1864 in Ireland. Before this date, other records exist that contain information about these events. First things The National Archives office, Kew, London When starting to create your own family tree, the first thing is to talk to as many family members as possible. ' You may uncover skeletons in the cupboard.' Visiting archives A visit to the archives Starting work
Digital Library Directory Free Genealogy and Family History Online - The USGenWeb Project Everyday Genealogy, A Family History Column at Genealogy Today by Bob Brooke Most Recent Articles Everyday Genealogy is a column which delves into the historical side of genealogy, focusing on family history, long-lost occupations, historical misconceptions, profiles of top genealogical libraries, and how beginning genealogists can use history to their advantage. I'm honored to be part of the team at Genealogy Today. Look here for informative articles on subjects of interest to everyday -- grassroots -- genealogists like yourselves. Archived Articles Finding And Using Church Records Church records are made for ecclesiastical reasons, not to provide genealogists with answers to their questions. Tracing Native American Roots (Part 2) Those genealogists tracing a Native American lineage should begin by learning as much as possible from older relatives, accumulating facts and stories that can be documented and build upon with information found in printed sources and public records. The Mighty Smiths The most common family name in the world is Chang.
GenealogyBlog The WWW Virtual Library Access Genealogy: A Free Genealogy Resource Ancestor Cards for Children Recently I've been mulling over how to present the genealogy I've done on our family so that it would grab my 9 year old grandson's attention. My good friend Illya of Genealogy Today suggested I use a baseball or hockey card format with one ancestor per card. I loved the idea and created cards 6 cm x 9 cm. After laminating the cards, I presented them to my grandson and granddaughter (who is 7) when they came for their annual summer week long holiday with us. Then they decided to play a game, which we called simply "Ancestor Game". which tells me if a person is a 3rd cousin 5x removed or something else! We decided I should also make double cards wherever possible, that is, two cards for one ancestor but with different photos or representative pictures on each one. It was a genealogist's dream come true - for 5 days they asked for "more ancestor stories please Grandma!"
Free Genealogy Search Advice The Online Books Page: Archives & Indexes General -- Non-English Language -- Specialty There's a vast range of online literature beyond what we index individually on The Online Books Page. Below we list some of the major sources and indexes of free online texts, in all languages, both general and specialized. General These are large, general-purpose collections with substantial English-language listings. Large-scale repositories -- Significant indexes and search aids -- Significant smaller-scale archives Large-scale repositories These are big collections of texts, big enough to act as small library-like collections in their own right. Significant indexes and search aids The sites below primarily provide search engines, indexes or useful link lists for finding online books. Significant smaller-scale archives Everything else we see worth listing that doesn't fit in more specialized categories. Non-English Languages Tyler Chambers's iLoveLanguages site has a comprehensive listing of various language and literature resources.