How can i find who's related to me.i mean: where can i find family records, family trees, etc?
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July 15, 2019 / By Otniel Question:
i mean: where can i find family records, family trees, etc......im looking online mostly, but if thats not going to work- then ill try something else- thanks!!
Best Answers: How can i find who's related to me.i mean: where can i find family records, family trees, etc?
Lester | 3 days ago
I am going to make the assumption that you are just getting started... and it is possible that what you are trying to find is "recent" records (such as living persons). For security reasons, that is extremely unlikely, and you would not want your id stolen, right? So, your preliminary stuff HAS TO be at home.
Step one is prove your connection to your parents... which would normally be your birth certificate. Huh? why am I asking to PROVE what you already KNOW?? It is to get you in the basic mind set that any connection is only as good as the records. And, people's memories are fallible. If there is a scandal or such in your old history, the facts may be hushed. But, your goal is not to embarrass anyone. You know you are related to your parents, and siblings, if you have any. Use one sheet of notebook paper for this 'family group sheet". Next, make a fgs (family group) for both sets of grandparents (and use maiden names for the ladies). Again.. politely, of course.. ask for help in copies of records, to serve as your source.
SO far.. you know for sure that you are related to all of these persons. Yes, your uncles/aunts also have children, but those are not as critical for the moment..
That's the basic routine.. work from you back, take it one step at a time, and find records to prove your work. For the time being, concentrate on PERSONS, not surnames and not full blown trees. You don't need every Jones in the world, just your relatives. Using documents is where the info will be found... those documents and sources will change as you go, but the goal is still to get facts from records.
Once you get past the live ones, and about 50-100 yrs back (depends on how young/old parents were), you will start finding online info. EVERY generation back means there are more persons who are related, thus more odds to find distant relatives to network with. Educate yourself as you go.. some records are better than others, and some researchers just take what they find online, without knowing if the info is good or not. The wrong set of parents can cost you time and money, if you research someone not related.
I like two places in particular... www.cyndislist.com and www.rootsweb.com. Both have tutorials that go beyond this, and cyndis is the largest list of RESOURCES that I know of. There are thousands of places to find records. The more you think in terms of a certain piece of data about an individual person, the more luck you will have (well, luck isn't really the word). Expecting it all done and packaged is what defeats many persons.
There ARE SOME costs, like any hobby. For now, I bet you have some lined paper to use. 3 ring binders work great (I buy them at yard sales and cover with pretty fabric). The LDS web site (www.familysearch.org) has info, and a well respected free genealogy program, but it is storage for your info... you still have to find the stuff.
See how far you can get with talking to family, and stop at one of the tutorials. And people are always here to help.
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Originally Answered: How can I find out when my family came to America?
How can I find out when my family came to America? HOW is the easy one and if you have been asked by your teacher to do this then the answer is 'passenger ship lists'...and looking for their natralisation papers.............these can be found online for the US on several free websites depending on year of migration but you need to know the full name of your ancestor and be able to prove via records that he/she is this person
However if your teacher asked to to find out WHEN your family came, that requires research and proving your ancestry, and your teacher is asking you to do something that could take your 30 years to find out with research, citing and proving each and every record of each and every ancestor so you are sure that they are your ancestor and a surname used in isolation is no use at all.............easy if YOUR family came over in 2008 or even 1908 but if they arrived in 1780....first you have to prove each and every person with records then see if you can find the KNOWN ancestor on old passenger ship lists in c1708 if you can find them, if they were completed and indexed........................so if this is what you have been asked, your teacher is a complete fool and should not be teaching as they know NOTHING about the subject they are teaching and that is from someone who has been researching for 35 years and I am a teacher...................... if I was your parent I would be seriously questioning this 'project' and the teacher who gave it to you and please feel free to print this off and show your 'teacher' as all they are doing is encouraging you to lie, copy and paste to achieve marks..............these are not good qualities to have as a teacher
There are many links on here http://familytimeline.webs.com/apps/link... for passenger ship lists but don't go looking for a surname as not everyone of the same surname is related or comes from the same country.................
there are thousands of free research sites. That is not the same as sites with "family trees".. since a family tree is nothing more than someone else's research .. which can have mistakes, OR it can be solid info, which SOMEONE paid to gather. In terms of researching POLISH records.. they are not online. Free or other wise. SOME marriages are being into a database. A marriage is just that..it does not tell you who the children were or who the parents were. 99% of the best resources are sitting at your kitchen table. Your parents know their own birth places.. they will have knowledge of where birth or death records are kept. If you happen to locate any document, you or they can read it. Most documents are in Polish archives, assuming that they were not destroyed during WW2 (meaning, if the record was destroyed, NONE of us can find them, much less put them online). If anything.. I'd be asking your parents to establish a website to help us. My grandparents were born in Poland, and I don't have near the advantage that you have.
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Just be very careful about taking as fact everything you see in family trees on any website, free or paid. The information is provided by folks like you and me, not necessarily by experts. Most of it is not documented. Even when you see the same information repeatedly by many different submitters that doesn't mean it is correct.
A lot of people are guilty of copying without verifying.
Your library might have a subscription to Ancestry.Com you can utilize. They have all the U. S. Censuses through 1930. The 1940 is not available to the public yet. They have U. K. censuses also.
A Family History Center at a Mormon Church will have quite a few records not just on Mormons. In Salt Lake City, they have the world's largest genealogical collection.
Their Family History Centers can order microfilm for you to view at a nominal fee.
They don't bring up their religion and they will not send their missionaries by to ring your doorbell.
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Start with any family members you can contact - no matter how distant - and try to work out a family tree. Once you have some names and dates, you can write to the department of vital statistics and get copies of birth certificates, marriage licences, death certificates, and these will lead you farther along the trail.
The Mormon temple, in Salt Lake City,Utah, has one of the world's most complete geneology libraries and you can go there to look for your family.
If you get copies of birth certificates, or estimates of how old people were, you might be able to find something in school records, or in local community newspapers, which often concentrated on the activities of local citizens,rather than world news.
Good luck - it's a fascinating search and you'll be amazed at what you will learn about your family and yourself.
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First and foremost, start with the people who are living. Find out what they know. Talk with aunts and uncles, cousins, and so on - anybody who is part of your family. Get dates, locations, names, memories, stories - it's ALL important. Find out what they remember about people who are no longer living, too. Put all your information into a database that will help you organize it. The Mormon church offers a free one, "Personal Ancestral File," that you can download from their web site (they won't bug you in terms of their religion). Once you have included as much as you can from people who are living, start to search online sites, records, etc., for matching people and events. Computers have revolutionized genealogy in the last two decades, and there are ENORMOUS amounts of data available, as well as innumerable personal genealogical web sites.
Good luck in your search!
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Originally Answered: Can anyone help me find my family's roots?
Well, I did find this:
This site was no help, but fun:
and I found this:
Try the various genealogy websites:
You should start by asking all your living relatives about family history. Then, armed with that information, you can go to your public library and check to see if it has a genealogy department. Most do nowadays; also, don't forget to check at community colleges, universities, etc. Our public library has both www.ancestry.com and www.heritagequest.com free for anyone to use (no library card required).
Another place to check out is any of the Mormon's Family History Centers. They allow people to search for their family history (and, NO, they don't try to convert you).
A third option is one of the following websites:
Cyndi's has the most links to genealogy websites, whether ship's passenger lists, ancestors from Africa, ancestors from the Philippines, where ever and whatever.
Of course, you may be successful by googling: "john doe, born 1620, plimouth, massachusetts" as an example.
Good luck and have fun!
Check out this article on five great free genealogy websites:
Then there is the DNA test; if you decide you want to REALLY know where your ancestors came from opt for the DNA test. Besides all the mistakes that officials commonly make, from 10% to 20% of birth certificates list the father wrong; that is, mama was doing the hanky-panky and someone else was the REAL father. That won't show up on the internet or in books; it WILL show up in DNA.
I used www.familytreedna.com which works with the National Geographics Genotype Program.