General Research Toolbox—Introduction

Starting With Yourself Write down what you already know about your family and yourself. Fill in a pedigree chart, starting with yourself. You should gather all your Vital Records (birth, marriage, civil and church records). Then write down everything you know about your family and put it on Pedigree and Family Group charts. Other online pedigree charts are found here.

The following link has pretty well any form you will need doing your research.

Talk to your Family

Explain to your family and family friends that you are compiling a family history and you need their help. Here are some sites, which give you interview tips. – A collection of articles on interviewing relatives – Outlines the process and some questions to ask – A good overview of the process – Good questions along with related links – Step by step guide to doing an oral history – Tips for Oral History Interviewing – Oral History links at Cyndi’s List

General Research  – Sign in page

FamilySearch – Sign in page

FindMyPast  – Search engine

Fold3 – Military past (USA) search engine

Google – Search engine

Google Blog Search

Google Groups

Google Newspapers -Historical

Google Scholar – Articles and case law

Internet Archive – The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

Mocavo – Genealogy search page.

MyHeritage – Create online family tree

NARA –Search US National Archives

Rootsweb Search Thingy – Search page

US Gen Web – Group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

US Gen Web Archives – In June 1996, the USGenWeb Digital Library (USGenWeb Archives) was developed to present actual transcriptions of public domain records on the Internet.

World Gen Web – The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access.



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