Researching Genealogy Online? Here are Ten Tips

Researching Genealogy Online? Here are Ten Tips

In ancestry research are so many questions often left unanswered regarding your family history, especially if you missed some key relatives in your tree.

Hence, the need for genealogy resources online.

In this blog, we have outlined some very important tips to help as you explore the journey to family history smoothly.

Can you ever collect enough genealogy information?

The best way to start a genealogical study is having ready all the known information regarding your family.

In such a way no time wasting in searching for people that you can easily find just with a phone or even a letter.

It’s amazing how many names, marriage dates or even birth dates as well as other details about your ancestors you can collect by just talking to your family members.

Aside from talking, the next best way to access such information is looking at old records such as wills, deeds, journals, baptism records as well as marriages, births as well as death certificates.

You should also inform family members you can access that you are building a family tree, so they will also offer assistance.

Sign up with one of the many genealogy forums online

Computers can now connect you with a lot of people from all over the world.

Genealogy chat rooms and forums can really help you speed your research. You will keep learning a lot of new things from the sites. This site comes with a lot of features as well as capabilities.

Researching Genealogy Online? Here are Ten Tips

Make the research fun

Another of the tips that will really work with the genealogy, this will play in the place where that no monetary value is attached to any of the study outcomes.

The only thing that keeps the researcher going is the fact of feeling great by knowing who your ancestors were. There are a number of reasons why people keep researching their past. One of them is because it’s fun studying the subjects. It will be more satisfactory in learning who were there before you.

Genealogical resources

There so many available resources that the researcher can use. It’s advised making use of some of them in the study. Don’t rely on just online websites; you can use a number of databases. Still, they’re so many genealogy libraries where you can base your study. The family history library is one of them.

For the study to really succeed ensure the entire family is involved. Here you will be building a family tree as well as family relations which are very amazing. One of the resources that you can still use is subscribing to a news genealogical newsletter. Here you will be composing successful tips in regard to the study.

Lastly, you will need to create a hard copy of the information gathers, don’t just relays on the technology by digitizing all the information. All the same it’s good to keep an updated backup of the research finding on the computer. For the study to be more vivid you will need to verify all the information found online.

Genealogy is very exciting as well as a rewarding part of your pastime; it will help you linked well with the generations as well as bring families together.

2 thoughts on “Researching Genealogy Online? Here are Ten Tips”

  1. Harry Deakin

    My wife had the idea of a birthday present for her deaf 90 old auntie . The present was paid for ordered , the DNA sent off to My Heritage and arrived back as an Excel spreadsheet file and a page of very basic geographical analysis . I thought the analysis was pretty basic and the raw data on the spreadsheet seemed pretty unusable . So what can be done with raw data like this and how can we make more of it ? Is there are Excel facility that it can be loaded into? Can the analysis be improved?

    1. Pieter Haas Post Author

      Harry,

      MyHeritage has had issues with their new DNA matching service, as outlined here.

      I don’t know of any Excel plugins that will analyze your MyHeritage data.

      DNAGEDCom, GEDMatch.com and Prometheuse, listed above, will accept MyHeritage data (which is technically stored in a GEDCOM file and is an exact match of FamilyTreeDNA’s).

      That said, if you aren’t very technical, you will get more out of your MyHeritage data if you upload it into another family DNA service like FamilyTreeDNA.com (review) or AncestryDNA.com (review). Both popular services provide for GEDCOM file uploads.

      Of the two, I recommend FamilyTreeDNA because MyHeritage uses their DNA testing labs behind the scenes, and Ancestry recently discontinued some of MyHeritage tree building and Synch functionality in their own product. Also, the same data source = more accurate and complete analysis.

      Hope this helps!

      Pieter

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