Top Places to Start Your Research
by Janice Nickerson
LDS FamilyHistoryLibrary website
About.com's Genealogy Site
Great for product reviews
Family Chronicle's Article Archive
Good for how-tos.
Canadian Genealogy Centre
For UK and Ireland
ProGenealogists - Resources
Professional genealogical research company
Researching German ancestors
Largest, most comprehensive list of links to genealogically related websited
in the world!
The World GenWeb Project
World-wide volunteer project.
LDS International Genealogical Index
Free. Oldest digital database of indexed originalrecords created by the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Free indexes, databases and transcripts
Largest commercial genealogy record site
Less expensive than Ancestry.com and more focused
Get Nosy with Aunt Rosie
Fertilizing Your Family Tree with Conversation
Oral histories are one of the best genealogical tools, and often one of
the most overlooked. In our rush to find records and indexes, we sometimes
forget that our living relatives are our best resource, not only for basic
facts, but for stories and context that records can't provide. These basic
tips can help you get started down the road to your family's story.
People say that talking to your plants can make them grow, and the same
is true for family trees. While it's not always necessary to record oral
histories to get the basic vital statistics about your ancestors, you
may find that interviewing your family members provides some of the most
interesting information about your family. Learning about hobbies, family
traditions, and personalities can really bring the names in your family
tree to life!
Making the most of your interview means keeping an ear open for good stories,
and also asking follow-up questions on the details like dates and places.
Below, you'll find some tips on how best to set up and record the interview,
and some sample questions to get you started on the deeper roots of your
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