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5 Genealogical Charts and Forms

By the time you have genealogical information on a few hundred people, it will become nearly impossible to keep all those ancestors straight. Family historians use charts and forms to organize research [more…]

Assign Numbers to Family Members with the Ahnentafel (Sosa-Stradonitz) System

To avoid confusion when researching your genealogy, you may want to use a commonly accepted numbering system to keep everyone straight. One well-known numbering system is called [more…]

Assign Numbers to Family Members with the Tiny Tafel System

Some people confuse the genealogical ahnentafel system with tiny tafel, which is a compact way to show the relationships within a family database. If you have ancestors who share the same name, or if you've [more…]

Assign Numbers to Family Members with the Henry System

The Henry system is a well-known genealogical numbering system. This system assigns a particular number to the progenitor, or the ancestor farthest back [more…]

How to Preserve Your Genealogical Treasures

Time is going to take its toll on every genealogical artifact in your possession — whether it's a photograph or an original document. The longer you want your records and pictures to last, the better care [more…]

How to Select a Person to Begin Your Genealogical Search

Now that you've started collecting and organizing family documents that can help you put together your family history, it's time to focus on one particular person and start digging deeper through the many [more…]

How to Narrow Your Genealogical Starting Point

When starting your genealogy search, you need to select the right relative/ancestor as your starting point. If you aren't sure how popular a name is, try visiting a site with surname distribution maps. [more…]

How to Search Ancestry.com's Vast Collection

The most efficient way to search Ancestry.com is by using the main search form. This allows you to receive results from all collections rather than from only a single record set. Follow these steps to [more…]

How to Interpret Ancestry.com Search Results

Executing an Ancestry.com search is only half the battle. The next part is going through the search results to find useful information on your particular ancestor. [more…]

RootsWeb.com at a Glance

RootsWeb.com is a well-established online community for genealogists. It's been around for a long time and has gone through various renditions. Several years ago, it became part of the Ancestry.com family [more…]

How to Create a Free FamilySearch Account

FamilySearch is the largest nonprofit genealogical website. It's sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but you don't have to be a member of the church to use it. The free resources [more…]

How to Conduct a FamilySearch Search

FamilySearch is one of the oldest online sources for primary genealogical resources. And, you can search their large collection of records for free! Here's how you conduct a search in FamilySearch: [more…]

How to Create a Trial Archives.com Account

Archives.com contains more than 2.5 billion records of interest to genealogists and family historians. The site is now owned by Ancestry.com, and there are a lot of duplicate record sets between the two [more…]

Genealogy Query Sites

Even if you can't find any surname-specific sites on your particular family, you still have hope for your genealogy! This hope comes in the form of queries. [more…]

10 Genealogy Sites Worth Bookmarking

Things can change quickly in the world of online genealogy. So how do you keep in the loop on all of the new sites and resources? Following are ten sites that you might want to bookmark to stay informed [more…]

How to Interpret FamilySearch Results

Although you may not receive as many results for your genealogy in FamilySearch as in Ancestry.com, it's still important that you know how to navigate the results to save you time. [more…]

How to Create a Fold3 Trial Account

Fold3 was originally named Footnote.com but was renamed shortly after being acquired by Ancestry.com. Fold3 is still run as a separate website and contains some content not found on Ancestry.com. Fold3 [more…]

How to Conduct a Genealogical Search of Fold3

Fold3 contains more than 410 million records to help with your genealogy. In addition to military records, the site has homestead records, city directories, passport applications, and census records. You [more…]

How to Set Up a Findmypast.com Free Trial

Findmypast.com is one of a few sites owned by brightsolid online publishing. It focuses on records from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. You can find census records [more…]

How to Use American Soundex to Search U.S. Census Records

For the censuses conducted from 1880 to 1920, you can use microfilmed indexes organized under the American Soundex system. The figure shows an example of a Soundex card prepared for the 1920 census available [more…]

State, Territorial, and Other Census Records

Federal census records are not the only population enumerations you can find for ancestors in the United States. You may also find census records at the state, territorial, and local level for certain [more…]

How to Find Your Ancestors in U.S. Census Records

Fortunately, a better way than searching census records on microfilm for hours does exist for U.S. census records: census indexes. A census index contains a listing of the people who are included in particular [more…]

How to Find Individuals in Subscription Indexes

A number of subscription sites contain census indexes that are linked to the corresponding digital images. Be careful when using these indexes. Not all indexes include every person in the census. Some [more…]

How to Use a Transcribed Online Census

If you are researching your genealogy and you can't find your ancestor in one of the census indexes, another option might be to look for a transcribed census record. Sometimes individuals who transcribe [more…]

How to Read Vital Genealogical Records

Vital records are among the first sets of primary sources typically used by genealogists. These records contain key and usually reliable information because they were produced near the time that the event [more…]

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