Would you like to know more about your family’s background using free genealogy research? Perhaps you want to research your family tree but feel it might cost too much money. Well, do not hold back! You can satisfy much of your curiosity without spending any money at all.
The National Archives web site has very few actual records online. The National Archives has a very large amount of records that are useful for genealogy, but most of these records are not online. Our web site’s focus is on providing research tools, such as microfilm indexes, as well as resources, such as finding aids, articles and information on where to find the records and how to access them, and how to conduct in-person research.
To see some of the records the National Archives have on line click here.
So how do you begin to do your own free genealogy research? Begin by making a family tree chart. You can either draw this on paper or do it on-line. Doing it on the computer makes it much easier to add information and make connections. Write in all of the information for the people you know about in your family. Most people then start with interviewing other family members. Speak to aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., especially if they are older people who would remember those who have passed. Ask about where the family may have emigrated from, get names and dates, if you can.
Next do a web-based research of free databases. The World Connect Project allows users to upload whatever information they already have into a free database for other researchers to connect to. This is a huge genealogy database that contains millions of other people’s family trees and surname information for you to search through.
The Federal Government has data you can use to conduct your research. The Bureau of Land Management has records of land ownership, such as home titles, for many states in the Union. You can check this information on-line.
Internment.net can let you see cemetery records from all over the world! This is very useful if someone has submitted the internment record to the web site. If the name you are searching for is not there, links to other sites are available, but they are usually paid links that will cost you money.
There are volunteers who will be happy to help with tracing ancestors. Try genealogybuff.com, for instance. Tracing ancestors is something many people thoroughly enjoy doing. On this site, the user types in the name being searched and a number of links come up to help with the search. Many of the links are free, but some will charge the user. It is noted which search links are free to the user.
You can Search Obituaries of old newspapers that have been placed on the internet or even search out the old-fashioned microfilms in the library. There are web sites that have many of the world’s newspaper’s obituaries on file. If you are searching for someone’s information who has died since 1962, check out the Free Social Security Death Index . This will give you information on birth and death dates and places of residence which can be very helpful in conducting your free genealogy research.
by Leonard Smith