How They Can Speed Up Your Research
Over the past few years, there have been more and more family history websites appearing on the web. This is good news, because technology and added interest from more people can give you more access to more names and family lines that could connect with yours!
Online family history sites can speed up your research and even change the trajectory of your search overnight:
1. They can open up access to more researchers, like you, who are passionate about searching family history. Open up a separate email account just for your family history research. Then you can feel comfortable posting in online forums, and your regular email account won’t be bombarded by spam or other nuisance replies. But you may also hear from a long-lost or unknown cousin of yours that can open up new avenues of research.
2. They can provide direct links to obscure resources you wouldn’t have known existed. Ship manifests, land bureau titles of deed, records of public sale, foreign birth and death certificates, obituaries from small-town newspapers, Native American tribal records. All of these and more can be accessed through various family history sites. Without these direct links, it could take you years to find records like these.
3. Lessons in genealogy research: Taking time to go onto different family history sites and read through new postings, articles, blog and the experiences of other family historians, can teach you better, faster and more efficient ways to conduct family history research and preservation of your documents and photos.
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Be aware that some family history websites charge a membership fee for continued access to their website and resources. Others are free sites, but they charge a fee for downloading of source material. As long as you are aware of the parameters of individual sites, the information you can gather from online family history sites can enrich your search and speed up the growth of your family tree.
A great reference location on the web is Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet