Hello K9: I have used Ancestry.com for several years. It is probably the most useful. The boards at Ancestry/RootsWeb (surname, location) are good if you're in it for the long run.
Do a request for info on all the surname boards and those for various counties and towns where your relatives lived. Do not ever change your e-mail address. You will receive notes from others for years.
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I personally love using the US GenWeb Pages. They are created/updated by volunteers who have the genealogy bug or just a passion for preserving history.
Some of the best information I have found is from the US Gen Web pages. Each state in the United State has a page, and then each county within each state should have a page. The county pages are generally well-run, and they contain tons and tons of information!
I am aware that there is a Canadian Gen Web Page, too.
Give it a try!
After 25+ years climbing my own family trees and the trees of others, naming the "best" sites for discovering family history depends on who and what you're looking for. Ancestry.com is a good place, as brassfield says, which is why I have a World membership and have had practically since Ancestry went online. However, DO remember many of its family trees are compilations of information posted by many members and may be nothing more than conjecture on the part of the submitter. Stick to actual records...census images, birth and death indexes, etc.
USGenWeb sites are *sometimes* great sources BUT I've found many to be only sites with links to commercial sites like Ancestry, or else to the websites of the local genealogy or history societies that don't post anything except a phone number or mailing address so they can charge you a look up fee (or sell you one of their county history books!). There ARE a few USGW county sites that contain tons of information, but they are few and far between. It really depends on how active the gen or hist society is whatever area your ancestor was from.
Findagrave.com is a site I use regularly. Although not every grave in every cemetery is there, if someone has "walked" a cem where your ancestor is buried and submitted the information, the memorial page may have a pic of the tombstone AND/OR the obit from the local paper.
If all else fails, simply googling the an ancestor's full name sometimes gets me more info than I can find on any commercial site. Doing this, I've located obituaries in small newspapers as well as family trees published on "free domain" sites set up by a family member.
by melbelle 21 months ago
How far back can you trace your family history?What do you know about your ancestors? I can trace one side of my family back to 1700 and the other side I have traced back to the mid 1600's. Does knowing about your ancestors help with the way you live your life today?
by ohairarthena 7 years ago
Besides Ancestry.com what other sites especially those that are free can I look into for my...
by MM Del Rosario 6 years ago
What are some of the best website you can recommend to start a family history /genealogy project?
by pavslastring 6 years ago
Okay, a question on family history.My last name is Overstolz, which is pretty rare, I think. But, I was wondering if anyone cold help me find some information on the Overstolzenhaus, an old building in Germany that was once my family home. I want to know if it's my family that lived there. If it...
by Christin Sander 13 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 Greg Schweizer 23 months ago
Why are people so concerned about their heritage/ancestry?I am not asking this question to be mean. I am just curious. Personally, I know that my ancestors came from Germany. I am satisfied with knowing that. I don't need to know specifics of 100 or 200 years ago. That part of my ancestry doesn't...
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