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Genealogy research is like a patchwork quilt. It is weaving the tapestry of our lives and putting the pieces together. To begin I suggest you take a tip from Algebra which either was or was not your favorite subject in school. However, when you begin to do genealogy research refer back to it. To find the unknown you have to begin with the known regardless of how insignificant you think it is. I traced a family back to Ireland with the use of one picture. It was the information "hidden" in the photo that helped. Some people would call it the "missing link." The picture identified who was in it and where the picture was taken. Behind the person was a display window to a store. In the window was a poster with information about two people running for president. I did a search for the years those men were vying for the office of president. That started the search. The family thought they were from Scotland. They were wrong. A male in the family married a female with the same surname, not related. It was her family that was from Scotland. Sometimes you have to go off on branches as was with this case. Create a timeline with what you have to be known, documented or assumed as in family folklore, stories passed down through the generations. From the timeline you will find the words to use as keywords in searches. Do not ignore historical events because they may have played an important role in your ancestors lives. You may want to begin with your own information. Where you were as a child, your parents were too in most cases. Where you went with your parents/relatives or where they went are clues. Research the places you and/or they visited. That's major clues as to their interests. Most sites you have to pay to join but some are free to join and free to use, some have free trial downloads. I have been actively tracing my family trees, all surnames in my family, since 1999 and my husband's family since 2008. We are related several generations back. What are the surnames you are researching? I am on with over a dozen family trees some of which are research trees I have used for articles. The Italian websites are on a separate page. Australia, Austria, British, Canadian, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Native American, Nova Scotia, Old Mexico, and United Kingdom websites are on this page. You might want to check military records by searching on the state government website. The state of Illinois has websites within theirs. A search on the Texas US government website has the Military Archives website listed. I added it below. I have used state websites to search for Civil War records, birth records, marriage records, death certficates and more. Going directly to the state website for the person you are researching might net you information you cannot find on genealogy websites. Plus you can download them and usually for free. I have done the same for different countries, primarily England and Paris. Genealogy has been a big part of my life. My brother did the Y-DNA test and I did the mt-DNA test and Family Finder with Famiy Tree DNA plus I tested with My husband Alfred tested with FT-DNA. My son Bryan tested with 23andme. FT-DNA is my preference for DNA testing. Our Burke/Bourque/Bourg Patriarch Y-DNA: Haplogroup R-Z220 Our Maternal mt-DNA: U5a2-C16294T (Ursula) My son's Langford Y-DNA is J. His mt-DNA is of course the same as mine. My husband's Hebert Y-DNA is R-P312 and his mt-DNA is Haplogroup H (Helena). I also tested with however, Family Tree DNA is who I endorse. If you want to know more, contact the webmaster, that's me.

Acadians In Gray Acadian/Cajun history is a website developed in Louisiana and contains historical information. Some family websites listed are not well maintained or not maintained at all. If the name is greyed out, it is not linked. Acadian/Cajun History-Louisiana Ancestry's Main Website Ancestry Australia Website Australia Search Page Ancestry's British Website Ancestry's Canadian Website The France site below can be translated. For me it shows in English. Google Chrome will translate this next website from French to English. Ancestry's France Website The 1930 Census in Old Mexico is online now. These records are in Spanish. For best results, you should search using Spanish words and location spellings. Ancestry's Old Mexico Website Find My Past is a British Website. Find My Past-UK I cannot vouch for the next four websites. The first is free resources covering Black genealogy, cemetery records, census records, data bases, DNA, military records, native american, and vital records. The second is completely in French without a link to translate to another language. This French website is also known as Google Chrome will translate. The second website is one I came across while doing a simple search for a friend using Yahoo. The third is another website I came across. There you will find instructions on how to create your family tree and put it online outside of ancestry etc. There are instructions on how to keep your tree private and invite only family members or friends. They do have some family trees listed and linked. Do not let the name fool you. It is not a Native American website. Sometimes you can do a simple search with whichever search engine you use and find a family tree online and your ancestor happens to be in their tree. That has happened to me. Access Genealogy Genealogie which is also Patro. Geneanet Military Archives My grandfather Dugas worked as a Merchant Seaman. In his latter days he had his own tugboat and worked for the Corps of Engineers. Next are two websites sent to me for the for the Corps of Engineers records. Since my grandfather lives in Jefferson County, Texas, one link is for the unit in that area around Galveston, Texas. Civilian Personnel Archives US Corps of Engineers Galveston District This next website came to me via a very courteous email from Diane. Taken from the email: "Our after school program just started a family history project- we're all very excited to start digging! In our search for research tools and info we stumbled onto your page's been tough finding non-spammy sites for the kids so you have our thanks!" Their superstar Mia, found the website listed below. You will find it very helpful. It's back to basics and full of wonderful genealogy helps. I was surprised to learn the site is sponsored by Home Advisor! Thank you Mia! Home Advisor Guide to Genealogy My great grandmother was a Goodrich. I have written articles for their newsletter they call the Goodrich Gospel. This is the website for their Patriarch Tree DNA. My gggrandfather Homer Goodrich is listed on this page. Goodrich Patriarch DNA If you are a family historical writer for your family or families you may be interested in joining the Society of Family Historical and Family Writers and Editors. I am a member and entered a writers contest a few years ago. This year my plan is to enter an artical hopefully about my grandfather Desire Bernard Dugas. He was an interesting character who was a Merchant Seamon and later owned his own tug boat and worked for the Corps of Engineers. We call this ISHWE with the F silent. It stands for The International Society of Family Historical Writers and Editors. There is a current contest. Check their website please. ISFSHWE The next website helps to explain where in your tree a third or fourth cousin might be related to you and how to find the common ancestor. Relationships Finder There are some family trees listed in this next website. Tribal Pages Geni A Family Heritage Website My Heritage The website below has a list of Fifty Genealogy Websites to use for Free. Family History Daily Family Relatives Family Search is a Mormon website. It's free to join which enables you to download documents. They have family search libraries across the states. There is one in Tyler, Texas. Check in your area for one. I frequently use this website and have been to one of their centers. Family Search The Nova Scotia website is very slow to load. Nova Scotia Archives Behind the Name: The etymology and history of surnames. Behind the Name Cyndi's List has a myriad of website links for genealogy research. What exactly is Cyndi's List? The portal to the internet with categorized & cross-referenced indexes for the vast genealogy resources available on the Internet. It is another free starting point especially for newbies to genealogy research. Cyndi's List The next website is one of the ones that have the ships lists. This link takes you directly to that page. Doing a simple search will also net several websites that have ships lists. I have used this website. You may also find ship's list in Acadians in Gray and in Cyndi's List websites. Ships Passenger Lists Libraries: Australia National Library British Library The Dallas Public Library maintains subscriptions to databases for our patrons to utilize for research. Some of the databases may be accessed from your home computer using your Dallas Public Library card to log in. These databases are marked by an asterisk (*). Others may be used free of charge only in the library, and some may require no login at all. The level of access is noted for each database, but all of them may be accessed free of charge in the Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library. Do you have a library card? It might benefit you. Dallas Public Library Genealogy The next library is in France. Know that if you visit France if you ask for directions to a library you will get directions to a book store. This site is no longer translated into English. France National Library Websites for researching Hungarian ancestors. Austria - Hungary Hungarian Village Finder Hungarian Document Exchange Knowing a little Hungarian language might help with the next website. Hungarian Helps Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Czech Genealogical Society Family Tree DNA is the best place to have your DNA tested. They can do more extensive research than the other DNA sites. I have used Family Tree DNA, ancestry's DNA testing and 23andme. However, 23andme could not test my samples so they gave me a refund. Family Tree DNA 23 and me DNA The next website is an introduction to Native American DNA testing and information. DNA tests cannot tell you what tribe your ancestry may be associated with. And it may not tell you if you have a Native American bloodline. The degree of NA-DNA drops with each generation stopping at about the fifth or sixth generation. So unless your parents and grandparants were definitly Native American, as a caucasian looking for Native American in your bloodline, a DNA test may not be the answer. As for myself, it showed up in my son's DNA. It may show more in my brothers because each child inherits to different degrees. Ask Family Tree DNA. I don't understand it. Comanche Lodge Genealogical Societies: These are ones I know in my area plus the national conference. You can search for one in your area. My husband and I went to a genealogy conference in San Antonio in 2014. It was very helpful. My article didn't win the international family history writers contest but the Goodrich Family Association's Newsletter that my article was in won third place. The FGS holds conferences yearly. Federation of Genealogical Societies Cherokee County Texas Genealogy Website East Texas Genealogical Society Geneabloggers: We met Tom MacEntee at the genealogist conference in San Antonio in 2014. He is a facinating and educational speaker. You may want to subscribe to his newsletter. About Tom MacEntee-Geneabloggers Register for Tom MacEntee webinars Geneabloggers Canada Newspaper Archives Genealogy Bank has hundreds of newspapers. Genealogy Bank Military Bases Fold 3 is Military Records Legacy Family Tree has free webinars and products for sale. Legacy Family Tree The next website offers many genealogy helps in the form of CDs, books and webinars. What interested me was the family tree charts. Essential Family Tree Forms Library CD Volume 1 Essential Family Tree Forms Library CD Volume 2 Ultimate Family Tree Chart Templates CD Updated Ultimate Family Tree Chart Templates Shop Family Tree You can do a free trial at the next website. It is archived records. This is where you might find a great grandparent's vital statics documents, birth or death certificates etc. I have used this website and Vital Records to purchase birth certicates and death certicates of my parents and some ancestors. National Archives and Vital Records National Archives Missing and Dead from Texas Texas Vital Records At the next website, it is the United States Vital Records. Chose your state from the list and start searching. I purchased some records through this website. US Vital Records Spend time at the next site and search for veterans and military friends. Veterans Friends Roots Web-affiliated with Saving Memories Forever This is only one family surname website. The surname you are researching may have a like website. Some families have reunions. There has been a Cajun Festival in Louisiana and there may be more. I don't always know. Some reunions are in parts of the country where we personally cannot attend. There is a big book called Family Associations which list many family associations. Your family or families may be listed. However, after this next link I have a link to a website that has this sort of help. The Goodrich Family Association This is the link I mentioned above. It is in the Family Education website. Family Associations and Genealogy Union Soldiers are buried at Nashville National Cemetery. It's an old and beautiful cemetery east of Nashville in Madison, Tennessee. We went to take pictures of four Goodrich union soldiers buried there. My reseearch told me one of my ancestors was buried there. But when we took pictures the one who was supposely mine was not. That was mistakes on's fault. I had to do more research on the soldier who was not my ancestor. My article "Four Union Goodrich Soldiers Buried in the National Cemetery in Nashiville was published in the Goodrich Quarterly Gospel. Someone else researched my ancestor for me. That too was published. Nashville National Cemetery Peter Dunn and I met via his WWII website and a search. He has a large collection of WWII history in his website. Several years ago I sent him a big collection of my WWII photos for use in his website. My collection came from daddy Bigler's scrapbook. Please visit his website and if you sign his guestbook let him know you found out about it from my website. (Carolyn from Texas.) Thanks. Australia At War Official sites of US States Texas History Billion Graves and Headstones Billion Graves Site Map Below is the link for FIND A GRAVE, just input the name you are researching.
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