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Family History For All
Learn all about tracing your family
tree. You'll find lots to help you with your quest. If you're an absolute
beginner, then rest assured, you will learn many shortcuts to save you
years of research.
Family history is becoming a
more popular pastime, especially now that the Internet has made
researching your ancestry easier than ever. More than 60 percent of the
U.S. Population is interested in tracing family history, according to a
2000 poll by Maritz Marketing Research Inc. This is a 15 percent increase
from 1995. This number has most likely increased since then.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides a number of
helpful resources for family history enthusiasts. One of the best
resources for family history on the Internet is
According to the website it is "the largest collection of FREE family
history, family tree and genealogy records in the world." This website is
the result of decades of research and includes 957 million names.
The Family Search
website also gives some advice for beginning your family history. It says:
Begin with yourself and your immediate family by recording information you
already know. Look for important documents such as birth certificates,
marriage licenses, and death certificates. When you have written down all
the names, dates, places, and relationships you know, then ask your
parents, grandparents, other relatives, and family friends for
information. Gather as much information from living sources as possible.
Then begin to
search for records that other people may have compiled about your family
(such as published family histories, county histories, and genealogical
databases). When you have examined these sources of information, begin
your search for records from the time and place your ancestors lived (look
for census data and vital records such as birth, marriage, or death
The LDS church also provides family history research centres at 4407
sites around the world. These facilities are essentially branches of the
Family History Library located in Salt Lake City. They provide access to
almost all of the microfilms and microfiche from the central library.
These family history centres also have volunteers that will help visitors
with their genealogical research. Mike Provard, North American Operations
Supervisor for Family History Centres says that in many centres the
majority of the patrons are not members of the LDS church.
"In the eastern
U.S. 90 to 95 percent of the patrons [in some centres] are not members.
They are thrilled to have the centres in the area." (2Family History
Centres Spreading," Ensign, February 2006, 74).
The LDS church definitely provides more resources, records, facilities and
tools than any other source for genealogical research. There are, however,
a good number of other free family history resources that can be found on
the internet. You'll have to be fairly diligent though as some of these
sites can be difficult to find. One site that may be useful in your search
of the Social Security Death Index is:
http://www.newenglandancestors.org/index.aspx. This site will
allow you to search the SSDI for free.
As millions of people begin to look for their ancestors and want to know
more about them, the resources and tools available to them are more
readily available and easier to use then ever. Now is a great time to
start your search.
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