I use ancestry.com. I believe you can get a free trial membership..at least you used to be able to. A lot of states have genealogy information on line, usually for free. The Mormon church also has a website: Familysearch.org that anyone can access.
The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of LDS on Northpark also has a Family History Search Center in which a person can access and have more resources. I have been meaning to make an appointment and take advantage of their services: Kingwood Family History Search Center
This is a cool subject, my dad used to do this kind of work on the side well volunteered his time actually for friends over here, it was his hobby, in England you can get the records from churches as long as you know where the relatives were born/married/died ect.... It was facinating to watch this process unfold. I loved it!!
Genealogy is a fascinating and educational hobby. If I were homeschooling, I would use it as a foundation for so many topics, especially history. Even if I wasn't homeschooling, I would get my kids interested in it..it really makes history come alive and gives relevance to dates and events that otherwise are just topics to memorize. When you realize your greatgrandfather was in a particular war, then the dates of battles and the events surrounding it become very real.
My dh had never met his paternal grandfather. Through my research he found out that his grandfather immigrated from Germany as a young boy and went on to be a Dean at the Univ of Tennessee. I contacted the Univ of Tennessee and they were gracious enough to send me pictures of him and even a book he had published. Dh was thrilled.
One of my sisters joined the DAR after starting on her genological search and the ladies connected with that organization helped her tremendously in her research. She put together a book of our family history complete with old family photos and gave them to all of us for Christmas a few years ago. Needless to say we treasure it!
My grandfather on my Dad's side came from Mormons and was born in AZ. He fought on a submarine during WWII and owned a business in Roswell, NM for 40 years after that.
When he retired and applied for his social security benefits, the gov't told him that he would need to send in his birth certificate to prove his citizenship.
He didn't have one because AZ wasn't a state when he was born. The birth was recorded in the family bible and for some reason, the main Mormon Library in Salt Lake had it. The gov't gave him all kinds of heck, but finally agreed to accept a copy of the family bible stating his birth.
He fought and was wounded for his country and yet some government pencil pusher tried like heck to deny him his benefits.
I just ran into www.Geni.com and I really like the format. Well, that and it links to Facebook, so that sells it for me. I'm also looking into Ancestry.com but just don't know if I should pay for both, or one, or what. My ancestors are from Maryland, if that matters.
Why is it so hard to find people on ancestry.com? Even if I know the exact full name and locations, I'm still getting pages and pages of other random people.
I'm not sure. Are you giving full names and birthyears? The more info you can give the more it narrows things down. try clicking on just family trees to see what info other people may have on your ancestors..just be sure to check their sources to make sure that the info they listed is correct..there is a lot of false info on family trees of people that are new to ancestry and click on every leaf without carefully checking out the info before accepting it as fact.
Is it possible for the 1900 census to have recorded a male child as a female?
Yes. There a lot of mistakes on the census and other forms..sometimes it was recorded wrong, sometimes the family had accents and misunderstood, sometimes misspellings led to names being wrong, people lied about their ages and relationships too. As you dig deeper into genealogy you learn to check and double check before accepting anything at face value..but that is part of the fun. It is like the challenge of a real complicated puzzle, but this one is real and has much more meaning to you. Just be careful...it is also very addictive!
I'm loving the genetic stuff myself. Science, history, genealogy, medical all my interests wrapped into one.
I'm using 23andme. Sadly, none of my relatives have done it yet so it's only showing 3rd cousins so far in the "relative finder". I have no idea who they are. The closet one to me genetically, lives in the UK.
Most people don't bother to put their family locations in their profile so it makes it tough to find matches.
I am interested in my family tree. I met 4 out of the 8 of my great-grandparents, remember all of them, have pictures of them and know their names. In fact, they're all buried in the same cemetery. Both sides of my family is buried in the same cemetery. My folks just bought their plots there too. (And no, Mom/Dad were not related at all. LOL) So I thought it wouldn't be too hard to research them because I would like to know more info, but I am not interested in paying Ancestry for that search. I'm going to try some of these website that yous have recommended. Thank you!
As you dig deeper into genealogy you learn to check and double check before accepting anything at face value..but that is part of the fun.
If you have Louisiana or Texas roots that date back to the Spanish era you should remember that most records were kept by the church - the Catholic church. Our John White was listed as Juan Huit... a poor attempt at spelling John White phonetically.
Need somebody's help here to remember a website that was suggested at the Kingwood Library (a Mormon lady spoke) - the site had a name that included the word 'curious' and when I logged into it my computer received a toolbar that led to a number of useful sources. If nobody remembers it, I'll look through my stuff and see if I can come up with it.
Thanks, amwhy. You are right. I have to add that some of the suggestions are for a fee but some of them are free. I especially like the newspaper link. I found a long-lost relative in New York City that way.
What newspaper link? If you load the toolbar from relativelycurious, it has a link to a list of newspapers that you can click on, such as the New York Times or any number of newspapers. Some are indexed, some you have to use your computer's search key.