Starting your Family History Research with Genealogy Websites
There are many different genealogy websites that can be found on the internet.
Family trees, photo sharing, social networking, blogs, newsletters, genealogy groups,
forums, special interest clubs, sources, record management, etc. are just a few
to get you started.
Storing Your Data Online
Genealogy programs can help with record management by storing and organizing your
heritage. Either as PC software or online offer many benefits over recording and
storing your ancestor’s folklore on paper. The two main advantages of websites
over software is the ability to collaboratively work and share your data, as well
as, have a built-in backup copy of your precious time consuming research. To choose
a program and what is right for you, get to know what features are available with
the program that you are considering. Hopefully they offer a free trial to see if
the program is right for you. Click on the link for a comparison of features for
online genealogy programs.
Searching with Web Browsers to Find Genealogy Websites
Find books, photo, blogs, newsletters etc. by using your web browser. Learn to
refine your search terms to get better results. By understanding how web crawlers
work you can create search terms that will return relevant web pages. Try using
various browsers because a page that is indexed on Google might not be indexed on
Yahoo. Click on the link to better understand how to create search terms for finding
documents through online genealogy
Family History Etiquette with Genealogy Websites
Sites that give you access to genealogy trees with the same surnames that you
are researching and the person who submitted the information, have made communication
with people from around the world easier. Some sites are enabling people to help
each other find sources and share data. If you download facts to add to your tree
make sure you verify any shared ancestry; otherwise your tree can become a document
of misleading history. While communicating over the internet, remember people have
different backgrounds, different degrees of knowledge and capabilities. You need
to become aware of “diversity.” Be respectful and remember not everyone
has the same intentions that you do. Someone may approach you for your knowledge
and won’t care how they obtained it. Make sure you feel comfortable in sharing
your hard work. Before sharing any personal history ask questions like “what
is the intent of wanting the information”; “do you plan to post the
data in a public realm, like a genealogy website”; if so, “are you going
to cite the source properly with who, what, when, where, and from whom they received
the information from ?” You can then make an informed judgment to share your
history or not.
Special Interest Genealogy Clubs
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced genealogists, don’t rely solely
on the internet for building your tree. Attend genealogy seminars and classes. Become
a member of your local genealogical society. Learn how to look for and cite sources.
Find your ancestry through various documents. Don't make common mistakes by only
copying information from other people. Personal history is a story about ancestry
and needs to be written down and shared with your relatives. Start your genealogy search to find documents that
help build a reliable and informative genealogy tree.