Records Research

Family History Records

While I enjoy assisting other’s with research I also enjoy helping others learn how to investigate their own ancestry I have started a list of sites that I find helpful in my research.

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Searching within a budget has forced me to get creative in the sites that I use. As I result I have created a list that is an ever growing list of free resources. I have made mention of paid sites if I find them of significant value. Paid sites are denoted with $$.

Large Records/Information Databases

The large databases have the most information gathered together in one place. They cover the nation or world and many of them have great resources for starting research and building a tree. in my opinion (not a paid endorsement I am a longtime customer) is the easiest site for just starting out and the availability of hints are useful for the beginner and experienced alike. The membership for ancestry can be a strain on a tight budget so check out my Ancestry Hacks for saving money.

FamilySearch is a wonderful genealogy site operated by the LDS chuch. FamilySearch is completely free. It also has an amazing library of records. The major drawback on this site is that there are no private trees. The goal is to build one giant tree and to that end anyone can edit your tree.

Regional Records Databases


Specialized Records

  • Research Tip of the Week
    This week the research tip is about using surname tables. Learn how to make a surname table and how it can be useful in research.
  • Research Tip of the Week
    Timelines can be a great tool when doing genealogy research. Making a chronological list of events and records can help break brick walls and organize research.
  • Research Tip of the Week
    Vital records are the backbone of genealogy. Birth, marriage, and death records are the base documents we strive to discover for every research subject when possible. Each type of document supplies certain details that are of family history importance but often there are details that we might not consider at first glance. This week’s tip is about death certificates and using the international classification of diseases code to understand illegible or confusing causes of death on death records.
  • Research Tip of the Week
    Every week I share a tip. This week my tip is about taking time to work on your project.
  • Research Tip of the Week
    Each week I provide a research tip. This week my tip is about cultural naming traditions and how they can be useful in genealogy research.