Getting Started with Online

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1. Start with what you know: Interview living relatives- the oldest first!

2. Construct a family tree using your own knowledge. DON”T forget to ask where people lived! That is key to locating  ancestors. A family legend is better than no information. This will show you where to research.

3. Check out any notations on family pictures, Bibles. Even old  picture postcards may have addresses.

4. Document, document, document- forms at FamilyTree magazine can help keep your information organized.

Getting started online

Social Security Death Index. This database, managed by the Social Security Administration, can provide you with the birth date, death date and last residence for some ancestors.

Search engines

Google, of course- do a search on county of origin and the word “genealogy” and see what you get.

Check Surname and “genealogy” to see if any relatives have posted information- you may be surprised to link up with long lost cousins.

Census- Following the family back 10 years at a time, census records often can give a good basic snapshot of the family history

LDS site

Top 10 Genealogy mistakes-

Free online course!

Lists and Boards- posting queries- again, these typically pertain to a specific geographic location, so going to county rootsweb site may be the shortcut to finding them. Linking up with other researchers is a great way to hit the motherlode- someone who has already documented your family line! Once you post a query be sure to check back periodically- some of the boards strip out your email address. I have found these to be most helpful.

Example of a family forum-

Example of a Yahoogroup-

Gedcom files can be a source of wrong information, but a great starting  place. To start, type in surname and “gedcom”.here is a Gedcom viewer:

Websites-Great places to start

Links here are to locations around the web based on surname and place of origin.

Interested in genetic genealogy? This can be used to determine an individual's haplogroup, a grouping of individuals with the same genetic characteristics. This test may provide you with interesting information about the deep ancestral lineage of your paternal and/or maternal lines.

Location-specific information:

Many local genealogical/historical organizations offer free lookups in existing electronic and print materials. Check for links off local library websites. Other sources of information include marriage/birth/death/deed information that may  or  may not be online.

Online resources for census at St. Louis county library-

Heritagequest online census data (actual images of the original census) at the city libraries (Know Better card)- no more need to view microfilm! I like this one as it is fast and intuitive.

St. Louis Public Library

Using Technology at Rootsweb