Our goal is to help you save time, money and loads of frustration on your genealogical journey. We'll point you to useful sites and tools designed to help you avoid getting bogged down in thousands of head-spinning links and keeps costs down.
Getting started on your family tree
Discovering your history is like working on a giant jigsaw puzzle. Piece by piece information fits together to solve your family puzzle. There are many online information sources that offer free access.
Chances are some unknown distant relative has already done a ton of research and publicly shared the information. Check out these sites first. Rootsweb & World Connect are owned and funded by Ancestry but both sites are free-use.
Rootsweb Message Boards This is a online genealogy forum searchable by name.
World Connect Project People from around the world uploaded their family trees to this free-use, searchable-by-name site.
Family Search History & Genealogy Far too much great stuff here to list it all. Set up a free account, enter your family name and see what pops up. Many but not all images are available for free download. You can create your free tree here and search existing trees. Another great feature is they email you when someone posts information related to an ancestor you are tracking. Check names of uploaded trees here.
Brief note on storage
We've come a long way in storage options. Cloud is the best solution. Scan everything. Google Drive is free. If you chose a paid site you can lose access to media you've uploaded to the gallery. Avoid CDs (they rot!). Set up a Legacy contact so ensure access is passed on. Anything truly fragile needs professional storage advice. Lots of stuff online to guide you.
Throw a family party!
Invite every living relative to a party to kick-off your genealogy journey. Ask everyone to bring old photographs (make sure names are written on the back!), documents and stories (video this!), Most of all, have fun!!
Is DNA Testing Right For You?
To spit or not to spit? Imagine a tiny swipe of saliva unlocking your genetic history ie who you are and even what health issues you may face. It's also a lot of fun. Who knew my GGGGGGG Grandmother was a Neanderthal!!
We recently came upon the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy The guide is an excellent piece of scientifically researched work by experts in fields of Genetics & Genealogy. Lots of great information and guidance offered on the site DNA Testing Guides.
Even if you have no idea where your family came from or where your line started, you'll find some great research tips and resources to get you started. The site walks you through the ins and outs of DNA testing and guide you to the product that's right for you. Definately worth the read.