Where to Start Your Family History Search

Beginners Guide to genealogy


A comprehensive site based on the webmasters book, Beginner’s Guide to Family History Research. Includes Home & Family Sources, Organizing your records, Using libraries and archives, how to find census’, military records, etc.


Beginners Guide to Genealogy in Seven Basic Steps

Seven easy steps to beginning your search! A must for beginners.


How-to get started on your Family History


Useful tips on beginning your search, including how to search census, vital records, etc.


DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy for Beginners


Myrt/Pat was trained at the Washington Temple LDS Family History Center, and has completed extensive research at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the LDS Family History Library and the LDS Church Historian’s Office. In addition to her various online responsibilities, she volunteers weekly at her local LDS Family History Center, where she takes delight in helping others learn to trace their roots.

She offers 34 individual lessons for you to choose from!


Home Sources


Find your family history within your own home! Use this handy checklist to get started finding your roots right in your own home!


Gengateway to the Web,


Over 60,000 resources, online obituary, military searches, 150 query forum pages, vital statistics, newsgroups and mailing lists, historical maps and much, much more! I highly recommend The Gateway as a “springboard” into your searching and research! Family Surname/Homepage search – over 15,000!


Cyndi’s List of Sites


Cyndi has been at this for some time! She has amassed pages and pages of helpful links, all cross referenced and catalogued for ease of use.


Roots Web


Searchable databases, ships passenger lists, mailing list, and more!


Ancestors Attic


A very large and comprehensive site! It takes a minute to load because of its sheer size but the wait is well worth it! Search many different databases, check out newspaper clippings, maps and land info, how to tips and so much more!

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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