Books for Beginners
Crash Course in Genealogy by David R. Dowell
Family History 101: A Guide to Finding Your Ancestors by Marcia Melnyk
Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy by Emily Anne Croom
Head Back to Genealogy School with a Webinar
The internet can be a valuable resource for researchers wanting to learn new skills. Professional genealogist Marian Pierre-Louis provides a roundup of genealogy webinars in her blog, Marian's Roots and Rambles.
1940 Census Completely Indexed and Ready to Search
After a major effort by volunteers, FamilySearch has a complete index to the 1940 Census. The 1940 Census Records page from the National Archives provides an overview of what information was collected. Free access to indexed images is also currently available through Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.com, and other sites.
War of 1812 Pension Files Digitization Project
The Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives, and members of the genealogy community are working to digitize pension files from the War of 1812 to commemorate the bicentennial of that conflict. Find out about the progress of the project and how you can help.
Surrogates, sperm donors and same-sex parents are changing the way we think about the family tree. Check out this interesting article from the New York Times.
First Steps for New Genealogists
Ancestry Anne's top ten tips for searching Ancestry.com Looking for search results that are right on target? Try Ancestry Anne's search tips, from basic to advanced.
Beginner's Guide to Family History Research provides easy-to-digest information on getting started in genealogy, including a glossarey of terms and lists of resources.
Ethnic Heritage Resources from Family Tree Magazine is a collection of articles, research tips, and finding aids that can help if you are looking for ancestors from a particular ethnic group or country.
How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree provides a step-by-step process for the new researcher, along with links to helpful forms, research tips, and genealogy best practices.
Make a Family Tree, an interactive family tree tool from PBS, gives you an opportunity to create a family tree that not only allows you to show the people who compose your family, but to tell their stories. And by telling their stories, you'll create a picture of your family as a whole that shows why it's unique.
Rootsweb Guide to Tracing Family Trees has more than two dozen entertaining and helpful lessons on successful genealogy, including hints and pointers to some of the best of the web.
Mega-Sites for Further Exploration
Ready for more? Browse through these sites to get a view of the vast world of online genealogy resources.
Cyndi's List of genealogy sites on the internet is the most comprehensive listing of genealogical resources on the internet. It can sometimes be overwhelming if you're not sure what you're looking for. For beginners, it's a good exercise to browse the website for the sake of being able to see the enormous quantities information made available through the internet. Focused researchers can skip to categories -- places, ethnic groups or family names, for example.
Mocavo, the world’s largest free genealogy search engine, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web including billions of names, dates and places worldwide.
RootsWeb serves as a clearinghouse, of sorts, for all things genealogical. It's primary function is to connect people for the sharing of research. It hosts other people's family trees on its extensive network, and maintains a huge message board. So if you need help finding a long lost ancestor this might be the perfect place to turn for help!
US GenWeb Project aims to provide a free genealogy website for every state and county in the United States. Content is developed by volunteers, so coverage varies widely from one page to another.
World GenWeb Project has a goal of providing an information page on every country in the world. Like US GenWeb, it is volunteer-based and free.
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