Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Genealogy How-To Resources

Where do I turn for Genealogy “How-To's”?
Part I

You can approach genealogy in one of several ways:
  • Just Jump In!
  • Start by asking your older relatives for information.
  • Look under the bed for shoeboxes of photos or in attics for dusty old trunks.
  • Record in a notebook or on a word processor what you find.
  • Visit your local library and talk to the librarian.
  • Ask A Friend
  • Ask a friend if they know anything about genealogy, or...do they know someone who is into genealogy.
  • Find out if there is a local Family History Center at the local LDS church. (Phone book or look online)
  • Local genealogy societies often advertise their meetings in the newspaper.
  • Go Online. The information highway is full of information!
  • Wikipedia.com
  • Google.com
  • About.com
  • Various other websites will lead you by the hand...there is information at the FamilySearch.org/wiki. There is help at Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com and so forth and so on.

Here are some of my favorite web sites to go, no only for genealogy news, but for genealogy guidance.

  • I love genealogy “blogs”. Real people talking about stuff they know. Although even large corporations have blogs, now, you can still get educational and technical instruction at a blog. Remember the “two heads is better than one” axiom? I frequently get inspiration from a blog on new ideas to try with my research. New tools are often introduced, new resources, and new technology are discussed, as well.
  • Genealogical Societies, educational institutions, newspapers online---there is literally no end to what you can find, online, to help you get started or help you break down those brick walls.

Be sure and read past blogs of mine for more information and Part 2 of this discussion will reference specific online websites.