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. http://www.familytreemagazine.com/forms/download.html

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.

http://genealogy.about.com/od/oral_history/ – A collection of articles on interviewing relatives

http://www.genealogyforum.com/gfnews/october02/gentrek1002.htm – Outlines the process and some questions to ask

http://www.ehow.com/how_1278_research-family-history.html – A good overview of the process

http://www.genealogy.com/70_tipsoral.html – Good questions along with related links

http://www.dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/oralHistory.html – Step by step guide to doing an oral history

http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=66 – Tips for Oral History Interviewing

http://www.cyndislist.com/oral.htm – Oral History links at Cyndi’s List

General Research

Ancestry.com
http://www.ancestry.com  – Sign in page

FamilySearch
http://www.familysearch.org – Sign in page

FindMyPast
http://www.findmypast.com  – Search engine

Fold3
http://www.fold3.com – Military past (USA) search engine

Google
http://www.google.com – Search engine

Google Blog Search
http://blogsearch.google.com

Google Groups
http://groups.google.com

Google Newspapers
http://news.google.com/newspapers -Historical

Google Scholar
http://scholar.google.com – Articles and case law

Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org – 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
http://www.mocavo.com – Genealogy search page.

MyHeritage
http://www.myheritage.com – Create online family tree

NARA
http://www.archives.gov –Search US National Archives

Rootsweb Search Thingy
http://sitesearch.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/search – Search page

US Gen Web
http://www.usgenweb.org – 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
http://usgwarchives.org/index.htm – 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
http://www.worldgenweb.org – 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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