DIVING HEADFIRST INTO YOUR FAMILY TREE
Do you ever wonder about where your ancestors came from, and what struggles they had to endure in their life’s voyage?
The journey of discovering your roots can be quite fascinating and exciting.
It can also be a daunting and time-consuming task.
A simple Google search will lead you to a vast array of websites, promising to give you the answers to the ever-popular question, “where did I come from?”
But how do you know which websites are actually worth your time (and money)? And once you are on those websites, how can you be sure that the information you are finding is accurate?
Here is a list of some of the most popular genealogy web sites and our reviews on which make the grade, and which fail to deliver.
One important thing to keep in mind when diving into your ancestry research is that there is a definite learning curve. It takes time (and experience) to figure out how and where to locate the information you are seeking. Tweet this
If you have endless time to dedicate to this task, then learning by trial and error may be the right method for you.
If not, you might want to consider checking out an online class or two, to help you learn the tricks of the trade.
While there are thousands of options out there, here are a few free ones that are a great starting point:
If ancestry is more than just a passing curiosity for you, a subscription to a genealogy magazine can be a very helpful tool.
Many of these magazines provide insight into different methods of genealogical research, updates on public releases of records, and other valuable information.
Just as there are hundreds of different genealogy websites out there, you will find that there are a large variety of magazines that focus on genealogy and ancestry.
The best magazine for you will really depend on your specific needs, but here are a few that are worth checking out:
Family Tree Magazine
Geared towards more amateur genealogists, this is probably the most well known genealogical magazines out there. It is a fun magazine, full of great personal stories, tips for taking family research trips, and interesting tidbits about different ethnic backgrounds and heritages.
National Genealogical Society Quarterly
This one is a must-have for serious genealogists. The magazine, provided to members of the National Genealogical Society, is chock-full of valuable information, research tips, and up-to-date genealogical news. And, as an added benefit to joining the National Genealogical Society, you will also get access to the plethora of online classes offered by the society.
Hiring a Genealogist
Now, if you are like much of the population and don’t have enough time to invest in really digging deep into your family history, hiring a professional genealogist may be something you’ll want to consider.
Aside from just the time constraints, hiring a professional comes with many other benefits:
Regardless of how you decide to tackle the exciting task of unearthing your family’s history, you are in for a fun ride.
A ride full of fascinating discoveries, beautiful stories, and a new appreciation for how you came to be.