Today it is easier than ever to find ancestors for free and discover your family’s heritage. With the internet and the many web sites available for use, your genealogical search can be done from the comfort of your own home. A lot of these sites can be accessed free, others will charge you for a membership of varying lengths of time. They all, ultimately, get the same job done: they trace ancestors for you.
Once you get involved in your genealogy project, you will be amazed at how interesting things can become!
For one thing, you can gain access to the 1930 census records performed in the United States. This can be of great importance as it will tell you names, places of residence and family member names. If you’ve just gained new information from the census records, you can go on from there to dig deeper.
You may be able to find your family through the Ellis Island database of records. Trace ancestors on-line by typing in an entire name or just a surname.
If your family member traveled to America by ship to Ellis Island in the early twentieth century, their name should be there, along with their birth year, traveling companions if any, how they made their living in their country of origin, where they are emigrating from and much more! This is a great site to trace ancestors. You will be able to view your ancestor’s original records and even purchase a copy of it, framed or unframed, to give as a gift or keep as part of your genealogical search.
Another site is www.myheritage.com. This is a useful site for tracing ancestors and for diagramming your family tree. Here, you can trace, all at once, over 1,400 databases looking for your ancestral names. It is free to use the site. Once you are on the site, you can view other members’ family trees and make connections. Perhaps you will find some long-lost relatives that you can now contact and discuss your shared heritage with them.
You may also want to try www.genealogybank.com to search for genealogy records there, where you’ll find newspaper archives of obituaries that can offer up a wealth of information on your ancestors. There is also www.ancestors.archives.com another useful site, containing over one billion searchable records. Also, the National Archive recently published, along with ancestry.com, digitized Civil War records. You’ll find three million names of those who registered for a draft from 1863 to 1865.
Tracing you ancestry can be interesting, fun, and a great history lesson, all at the same time.