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Has anyone done their family tree?
January 28, 2007
3:11 am
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Has anyone here seriously researched their own genealogy and done a family tree? Have you been able to do it for free? I looked online and in other resources and I still don't know where to begin... I need to work fast... few relatives are left that remember anything helpful.

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ella

January 28, 2007
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Hi Ella,

I have not done my tree completely but I have done some research on it from time to time.

Ancenstry.com is a great place to start and although it is not free....very often they have a free 14 day trial period that you can take advantage of. There's lot's of stuff you can find out in two weeks... birth records, death records, marriage records, etc.etc. Just make sure you make a note of the end date of your free trial period and cancel, otherwise it will charge your credit card.

You can also "google" your family members' names....sometimes you can find good info. that way.

Good luck,
Lolli

January 28, 2007
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there is a mormon site - familyroots.org or something...that is AWESOME...and FREE.

I found my roots going back to 136 AD...of course, nothing is certified, but was still interesting.

ask your family NOW - before you can't anymore...even if you only get pieces of info, it will help.

January 28, 2007
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I recommend getting a good family tree software package right from the start. Once you start gathering information it soon becomes unmanageable otherwise.

The latest Family Tree Maker Version 16 at $31.96 USD is quite reasonably priced and does an excellent job, IMHO.

See the web site at:

http://www.theancestrystore.com

for more details.

January 28, 2007
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try familysearch.org

January 28, 2007
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Thank you all for responding. I went to a few websites already, but I feel like I have to have some information to start with before I even use those. But maybe the software would tell me what to gather... I also am going to see if my library has some how to books... genealogy for dummies or something!

January 29, 2007
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My mom has done genealogy for about 15 years. She has documents and pictures dating back to 1865. She is very good.

Most genealogists would tell you to start with your older relatives--like grandparents or older aunts or uncles. They will give you a good starting ground.

Once you have names, you can go back to different things on the websites like census readings (which are 60 years behind in the release dats for safety reasons, but they are kind of cool to look at.) You can also get birth and death certificates sometimes also.

Good luck. It is very interesting, and I hope that i have time to get interested in it soon.

January 29, 2007
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Ella,

Hi! Hope you've been doing well.

I second Tiger Trainer's suggestion of familysearch.org. That's the Mormon church's genealogy website, and it is EXTENSIVE. I spent several months this summer and fall researching my family tree. I took paper records some of my relatives had compiled about our ancestors, and found that many of my ancestors and their own ancestors were already on familysearch.org. I was able to track all my lines out to at least my great-great-grandparents, and a number of lines I was able to trace back to the 1500s and 1600s.

If you know the name and birthdate/marriage date/death date of your great- or great-great-grandparents, chances are you'll find them on that site.

Happy genealogical hunting! It can be tedious but it's also very rewarding.

Seeker

January 29, 2007
10:31 pm
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I did....and it's fricking "root bound!"

No space.

All the roots climbing all over each other.....choking each other....gasping for air and space.....gasp - gasp - gasp.....

Somebody.......break that clay pot!!!!!!!!!

Set those roots free!!!!!! 😉

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