Have any of you done a genealogy of your family? Is it a lot of work?
Yes, I've done a lot of my family tree. I'd look at it as an ongoing project and enjoy the fun of the research! It does take time, but it's something you can pick up and put down as you wish. I've got about as far as I can using ancestry.com ( a site I would definitely recommend) and maybe later I will pick it up again and start visiting churches and graveyards and ordering certificates.
It is a lot of work. I've done most of my research online and gone back a few generations. It is very rewarding though and lots of fun to find out about your ancestry.
I have been exploring my family tree online for about 18 months and, yes, it is time-consuming but for some of us it is also riveting. However, it can prove quite expensive too. I have a long way to go because I have been unable to verify certain people - sometimes they just disappear off the censuses! There are some helpful free sites and most of the subscription sites offer the opportunity of a free trial for a period and to pay for credits as you go (in other words you buy so many credits which gives you a set amount of access to records) so it is as well to know who you specifically wish to pursue when you buy these. If you jump around, the desire to keep buying credits is infectious and you run up bills! It is then worth assessing the cost of membership to a site providing unlimited access for a year such as Find My Past. To start I would recommend a site like Genes Reunited which costs under £10 for six months' membership and allows you to build your tree, have access to other members safely and other facilities. It is interesting when you do get a relative match and can help each other. I've been in touch with members from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada as well as Europe. Be aware that not all the surprises are happy ones and don't make the mistake of assuming that a find with the same name is necessarily your ancestor! Some people have spent hours researching what turned out to be a family tree belonging to someone else!
I would encourage you to give it a try and see if you like it!
It is a lot of work, but I found it very enjoyable. I thought it was fun looking up relatives on census records and such. There is a lot of information out there. Great hobby!
by Christin Sander 10 months ago
Have you had ancestry DNA testing done and was it worth it?I know it can be quite pricey, but there are several gaps in our history on my Mother's side. My grandparents, great grandparents and beyond were born in a time where they were not welcome here and did a lot to disguise who they were...
by scauthor1969 6 years ago
Have you done a DNA profile as part of your genealogy research? What are your thoughts about this?
by Leaderofmany 6 years ago
Can you trace your family tree back to when they landed on US soil or further back then that? Which side have you traced back maternal or paternal? Anything of interest come up in the search?
by India Arnold 6 years ago
Can someone get a family tree DNA test for genealogy purposes?
by Apostle Jack 7 years ago
Have you trace your genealogy?
by rieom 7 years ago
I have always wanted to do research my ancestors What is the first step I should take.This is a project for the future but I still need direction in where to look first.
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