Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestral Roots
When I first began looking up my genealogy, I came upon many stumbling blocks. I wanted to find out beyond a doubt who I was related to and who these people truly were; where they were from. The first place I contacted was the Genealogy Center of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. They could not tell me much because my family was not of their religion, but this center was very kind to me and encouraged me to keep searching.
A friend of mine in 2006 by accident found the website Ancestry.com. This site had helped her find her family roots. At first, I balked at joining this site. There was a fee. After a while I decided to pay it to see what results this website delivered.
The results were unexpected and wonderful as an entirely new world opened up for me. This was a world brimming with useful genealogical information. I was able to find out more than I had been able to on my own. Yes, there were dead ends, but those dead ends gave me places to look up in libraries, write to places of records in foreign countries, or lead me to look up the names of clans on the Internet which gave me even more information about by ancestors.
The foreign countries of origination for my paternal and maternal sides led my search further to official websites of these countries. Many of these official sites had more useful genealogical information and suggestions per individual country. Their recommendations were a goldmine for those seriously researching one's ancestral roots. I found this very exciting!
My genealogy information about my family (both paternal and maternal sides) cascaded into a waterfall of facts about who they were, where they were from, hints of where they lived, what they did, etc. Ancestry.com is a great website to use for genealogical research; especially when used as a starting point. This site truly directs one's search toward directions that produce wanted results.
Granted Ancestry.com is not the only website of its type, but it was affordable to me. I have found others, some as good, some not. Some of these I could not afford, so did not try them. Some genealogy-based sites were free, but had limited information. I required more specifics for my search. I wanted to find out all I could about my ancestors.
I recommend Ancestry.com as a great way to be introduced to the field of Genealogy. This website helps one be organized with their genealogical search. It is well worth the fee.
Good hunting for and learning about your ancestors. It is great to know where we are from!
The link for Ancestry.com is: http://www.ancestry.com
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