beginning genealogists start their research, by trying to find out their
great-great grandparents identity, or who was the first one to immigrate to
America. This often becomes very frustrating for them because they usually
can not find any information or sometimes they find things that they think are true, then they find out later that their information doesn't apply to their family
is very important to understand that there are several key sources of information
to be found
before you use the Internet.
need to have a good base before you ever start your online research. Using the right forms
and putting down as much information as you know.
2. You need an online research plan of
information you already know in place to make your
online searching much more profitable.
use these resources to build a good base before you start your surfing on the
internet. You can however use the online resources to help you find out
what type of information you will need to get started.
start with yourself
Make sure you know everything about yourself first before
you ever go online, to libraries, or any other source to do your research. Take a pad of paper, pencils, tape
recorder ( ask permission first) and do an interview
with family or
friends. Start by asking the following people: parents, grandparents,
great grandparents, aunts, uncles and close friends many questions.
need to try to find out your ancestor's entire-name first, middle and last, birth
dates and their siblings' names, where
they were born, ( country, city, township and county). If you can
find out their siblings name that is also beneficial. Knowing the siblings'
names will help you know whether you have found the right family when you are doing your
are the very first steps to a successful journey before you ever start your
genealogical research at libraries, courthouse or online.
your homework first each time you go and work on your genealogy is the
key to being a successful genealogist.
of Genealogical Terms and Abbreviations - Understanding exactly what is
stated in any record is vital before attempting to move to the next
generation. Inexperienced or impatient genealogists undervalue the quality
of their research by applying present-day definitions to documents created
in an earlier century. Take the time to use the glossary provided here and
other excellent dictionaries, genealogical reference books and
encyclopedias to interpret documents correctly.
first my asking your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles or close personal
friends if they know or
have any of the following information
baptismal, births, deeds, death, diaries, divorce, family
letters, insurance policies, marriage, membership
cards, military records, mortgages records, naturalization records, newspaper articles, obituaries,
titles, wills. Use
these records to
find your family at Libraries, Courthouses or on the Internet. The
Internet may be the last place to look rather then the first place you
Ancestry First Steps
How to get started with your family history research.
Discovering your Heritage.
Step by Step Guide
Guide contains addresses and
experienced researchers that will find useful. It also has
step-by-step instructions for locating different types of family
information and printable census, correspondence and other forms to speed
up your research.
Local land records may tell you many things so this makes them a very valuable
Deeds for Useful Clues
- How does one properly analyze a
deed? Sure, we know to copy all the relevant data; but how do we harvest
nuances, implications, and indirect connections that move beyond the
realm of fact to the more-nebulous world of clues worth pursuing?
Town Maps in New England - Reproductions
of Old Town Maps with Family Names. A
resource for Genealogy, History, Research & Education
list land records -
Land Records, Deeds, Homesteads, etc.
Press Town plans and Maps -
variety of genealogical books and research tools in the areas of Jewish
genealogy, Southern California resources, immigration research, and map
Land Sale -
Michigan Great land sale. About 5,000,000 acres of
state land were offered at public sale at Lansing, Mich., commencing on
the 28th day of July, 1858, and the sale continued from day to day,
until all are were offered.
& Use of Land Records -
By Linda Haas Land was the symbol of power, wealth and social
status in the Old Word and immigrants flocked to the new world to
acquire the one commodity the New World had to offer in rich abundance -
to Search Deeds
Deeds are records
of land ownership and transactions. They can date back to before the
American Revolution. They reveal much more than ownership, however. They
may also give information about relative land values, about who could
hold land, and about relationships between people.
Map Collection - Online
Maps of Special Interest
of Deeds & Land Transactions -
Land Record Reference
sponsored by Direct Line Software, makers
of DeedMapper mapping products for the PC.
Maps of U.S. Areas -
The term TIGER® comes from the
acronym Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing
which is the name for the system and digital database developed at the
Census Bureau to support its mapping needs for the Decennial Census and
other Bureau programs.
Land and Property Research
This is a self-paced set of
lessons on the basics of land and property research in the United
Surname Distribution -
Enter a surname (last name) into the form and you'll get a map of the
United States showing the distribution of people with this surname
within the 50 United States. This map is often helpful when trying to
determine a starting point for genealogy projects.
Soundex system is based on the sound of a name rather than the exact
spelling. You need to learn your soundex numbers before you try
to look up some of the later census records. Learn how to do your
soundex so you can use the census
records from 1880 - 1920 that use soundex more effectively. I need to
tell you that the Soundex is subject to human mistakes. The indexes were done
by humans so you may find some mistakes, some coding may be wrong. If
you are unable to find your ancestor and you know they should be there you
will have to go line by line. There are many countries besides the US
that use soundex.
If you can, start with a
more unique name the first time you go online. You want to be
able to find your surname without going through page after page of
information. You want to be able to have a better
chance of finding
something your first time surfing the net.
not overload yourself
Do not try
all your families all at
the same time. Go slowly and start with the surnames
you have the most
information on. If you go too fast you run into getting too frustrated
and confused and your online experience will not
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