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Eileen's hubpages on genealogy

Updated on July 4, 2010

Trace your family history through the internet

Years ago we had very little help in tracing our family trees. They had to send applications by snail mail. Waiting weeks or even months for a reply, only to find that they were not part of their family line after all.

Now it is much simpler with the aid of various web sites designed especially for this. Most of these have are very user friendly. Once you become a member ask questions. If you are looking for a particular family line, offer to share your information and receive help. Often by doing this you will find people that have done more research than you, which will save you heaps of research.

Do not give out all your information, until they give you a little in return. I found some people are take from you and never help you at all. So be wise.

Mailing lists are another great way of accessing information. Make sure your virous protection is up to date before you download information into your computer

Genealogy/Searching for your ancestry online

How and where do I start

First, you need to write down everything you know about each and every family member that you know of. Genealogy-How to Find your Family History

Tracing your families health history

Hereditary diseases are passed on from one family member to another, from one generation to another. As children inherit the fathers blue eyes or brown hair, they can also carry their parent's diseases in the genes. Genes and chromosomes actually exist in pairs, and form at conception. These will form the traits in our children and their children.

Finding this information could save your life. How to trace your families health history

Creating your Web Page and Choosing a Domain name

It is not hard to to set up your own personal website and it can be fun and free. First, you need to choose a domain name. If you are using it for family history/genealogy, then you need the name to reflect this. Setting up your website

How to use and Research Family Historian Books

People have been researching their own family history lines for centuries. Therefore, there are all types of books printed to cater for this. You will find many to read at your local Family History Centres,each one will reveal a wealth of different information. How to use and research family historian books

Gifts for the Genealogists

What can you buy a friend who spends hours researching her family history? That's a good question. First, you need to find out what areas the persons family lived in or came from originally and the approximate year. Choosing the gifts

Genealogy software

To find out where or who you really originated from and keep those records up to date you need to use genealogy software. This can be downloaded free from various websites. 

If you go the one of the above links then click the back arrow at the top left hand corner to return to this page. Then click on another link. I hope you enjoy searching for your family history, be patient it may take awhile. And good luck.


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    • cashmere profile image


      7 years ago from India

      This hub is very informative. I was just looking into the niche and doing some research for an article and bumped into this one. Thanks for sharing

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      Chris Montgomery 

      7 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Good hub, thanks!

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      pamela kinnaird w. Funny how our bodies change and youth seems to be able to stand a lot more than when we age.

      genealogy can be very intriguing especially when you can make contact with your unknown rellies Thanks for stopping by

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      Pamela Dapples 

      8 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      I enjoyed this hub you wrote.

      When I was younger, I could stay up until 1:00 a.m. easily -- doing genealogy research, organization of my written records and studying of history where my ancestors came from. Nowadays if I stay up too late -- even an hour too late -- I can't sleep.

      That's a very special blessing your granddaughter receives -- to see her grandmother.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Salt. My grandaughter has visits from her grandmother from time to time. She wakes up and sees her sitting on her bed

      It is weird but I just wish I could have an experience like that.

      Everyone feels different things thats for sure.

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      9 years ago from australia

      Wonderful. You might be interested in the other aspect of geneology. Ancestoral links I call them, its the thoughts and beliefs that you have that you are not quite sure where they come from and then you find someone in your family tree who has lived an experience and you are either living it out in a different time frame or feeling and thinking things linked to that time frame or experience. Its really interesting.

      And thanks for your hub I learnt so much about myself and who I am and where I really do come from.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      mel22, its funny but I fouund that it goes in stages, you sometimes get renewed interest as something crops up and you start to wonder again

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      9 years ago from ,

      I researched my genealogy a few years back and found some great information.Didnt get as far as wanted but was fun !

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Ethel, you are tooooo busy writing to find the time for genealogy. you will have to do less writing

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for the info Eileen. I have been undertaking this project this year.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      creativeone, love your name... do not give up. if you do not have any records start with parents names and look for their birth or marriage certificates one I think from memory will give you their parents names. Cheers

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for your hub on genealogy, I have been off and on trying to trace my fathers family tree but it's almost impossible with of them passed already. But I haven't given up yet. Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Nemingha, yes it happens in all families. Dont let that stop her though. She can still go in to so many directories and find information. Other family members cannot really stop her from searching. As long as you know your grandparents names. If you get birth certificates it should have parents names on them. Good luck

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      9 years ago

      Years ago my sister started tracing our family tree but couldn't get further back than our grandparents. It seems that resentments and quarrels had led to estrangement on both sides of the family, which is sad for the younger generations.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Duchess oblunt. Do not leave it too long. As you now know peoples memories are not so good as they get older.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago


      It's nice that you give so much information. You state you need to be careful doing that, but you freely have given us much. So thank you for that.

      While I find i am spending much more time on other areas of interest, this has always been something I have worked on in the past.

      A few years ago, I tried on my husband's side of the family and was stumped pretty quickly. Reading your hub has started the itch again. I think I will read some of the links and other material you have provided.

      This looks like a good place to get started.


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