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Genealogy/Searching for your ancestry online

Updated on February 23, 2014

Grandparents I never found until it was too late

This is my Grandmother and grandfather
This is my Grandmother and grandfather

Finding Your family Tree online

Researching your family tree online is a great way, to find your long lost relatives and make great friends along the way. Some times the things you find out may turn out to be something you wish you hadn't. That's part of the fun in researching. There are many helpful sites with people more than willing to share their information with you.

Before adding any records remember to make sure they are a correct descendant by obtaining either birth, marriage or death certificates. If you add one wrong family member it could cause years of frustration trying to work out where you went wrong. And many heartaches in deleting a member that you have connected to other family trees.

Family Search http://www.familysearch.org/

This is a brilliant site. Click on the above link when it opens click on search. Fill in the details as requested: First name, Surname- You can do the same for spouse or leave that free and leave all selected to start, then year range, year. Select country, State, and then, click search. Check out each name, possible dates, etc. When you find one of interest, click on the name underlined in blue. When this comes up, check on details, then on family, if you need more verification click on pedigree.

These links are all worth checking out

Ancestors.com http://www.searchforancestors.com/

Genforum http://genforum.genealogy.com/

Rootsweb http://lists.rootsweb.com/

Free BMD http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/

LDS Family search http://www.familysearch.org/

MAILING LISTS

These are a great way to obtain help from other people looking for their families. They will often help you and in return, you may find someone for them. Before registering with any mailing list, ensure that, your virus protection is up to date.

http://www.genuki.org.uk/indexes/MailingLists.html

Cyndi's List - Mailing Lists www.cyndislist.com/mailing.htm

Roots web Mailing lists http://lists.rootsweb.com/

MESSAGE BOARDS

With these, you can type in the surname you are searching and leave a message with all the details. When someone else has or is looking for the same information, they will contact you.

Ancestry. Com www.ancestry.com/

UKBMD Birth, Marriages & Deaths. http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/

On this site, you can put in Christian name and Surname and date of birth and it will show all known possibly connections.

FreeBMD http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl

Australian Genealogy links

South Australia www.saghs.org.au/contact.htm

Australian family history and genealogy on the Internet.

http://www.nla.gov.au/oz/genelist.html

S. West Western Australian cemeteries

Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc http://www.wags.org.au/

UK - ENGLAND LINKS

Genforum http://genforum.genealogy.com/englandcountry/

Lookupuk.com http://www.lookupuk.com/main.html

UK Genealogy .co.uk - The Portal for UK Family Research ttp://www.ukgenealogy.co.uk/

US GENEALOGY LINKS

StateGenSites - US Genealogy Sites State by State

http://www.genealogytoday.com/genealogy/states/

Helpful sites- some charge a fee

Genealogy Help-list.This is a link with volunteers ready to help you search for your ancestors. Check it out, they also need more volunteers too. If you help them you will be helping each other to find your loved ones.

http://helplist.org/

Final thought: - Do not leave it, until it is too late. Ask your parents about their, childhood. The schools they attended and how they met. Write their story of events down and any interesting times during their lifetime. Relive their life, with them.

Click on Link below for a FREE Legacy Family Software

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      Marisa Wright 9 years ago from Sydney

      Good information. It's so true you shouldn't leave it to late. I wish I'd asked my Mum and Dad more about the family while they were still around.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for that. Yes we left it too late.

      http://hubpages.com/hub/Benefits-of-being-a-cheaps...

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      These are wonderful links to have posted here. I am an avid Genealogist by hobby, and wish to second your advice to ask anyone who is still alive to supply you with all they know. It is much easier to get it from someone who is alive than trying to figure it all out later.... Thanks for all the info.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Very glad to help you. And I wish you all the luck in the world as it takes so long and much frustration trying to find records.

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      Golfing Gal 9 years ago

      Excellent information, Another tip for folks is to make sure that you put names, dates, places etc on your photo's so you will not have a box of old photo's and can't remember who anyone is.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      That is very very true. We tried to find out who people were by there photos and we matched them up completely wrong. So I agree with your comments thanks.

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      victoria 8 years ago

      i cant find my family tree i now i my great great great grandfather was daniel boon but how can i find the family tree? please help me im only 11 years old

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      hi victoria, you need to start right from the beginning. Write down who your parents are and all other relatives. then gradually work backwards. Searching on the net working on one side of your family line. Start from say your fathers side and do a search on the net. never add people until u prove that it is the right line. check out my other genealogy links for more help. you need to verify information by checking the birth certificates.

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      Kim Garcia 7 years ago

      Great!! Thanks for these helpful tips, as I am planning to do this soon. Many Blessings! ~K

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Kim, I hope some of it will help your find your loved ones. Mind you will need to be patient in looking for them, and make sure not to add them to your family tree until you verify them for sure.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      You are so right, don't wait to ask those questions. Love the help you have provided here. Another one for my bookmarked lists

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Duchess o blunt. Also keep good records. I had a web page but it has now gone. As I lost my access to it so they deleted it after a while.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      I hope you had a backup of what was on the site?

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Duchess, NOOOOOO. Luckily my daughter has on her computer. I formatted my computer and the backup disk stopped working. But she has got it all thats the main thing.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Phew! lucky lady :)

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      yes your not wrong.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 days ago

      Thank you very much. This is a very useful site to me. I appreciate the links.

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