Leave a legacy for your family on Ancestry and start them on a path of discovering their roots. This is such an exciting hobby for you to experience while unlocking the past adventures and accomplishments of those that preceded you, ultimately defining who you are today. As you search through documents, old photographs, legal papers, and other peoples trees a whole new world will open up and facts that will begin to answer the questions about your origin.
The information that you discover about passed on grandparents and remembered great grandparents and their siblings can often be a mind blowing experience. Especially when researching other peoples trees many unanswered questions quickly come to life and some discrepancies start to make sense in ways you can't possible imagine. Most of these discoveries are authenticated with legal documentation.
There are so many resources to start you on your journey. I started my research at the local library. County land records, newspaper archives, and the census are other resources that provide valuable information. Spend a day at your local cemetery for even more information gathering and picture taking of headstones for your records and citations. Visiting relatives and getting all the information they can recall will catapult your research to amazing new heights. Especially older family members that may not receive visitors often will enjoy your company and provide lots of little nuggets that can become valuable later on. Old family bibles have births and marriages recorded in those as well.
I will provide a list of sites for you to start you on the right path to an interesting and enlightening hobbies that will benefit those that come after you for years to come.
- One Great Family
- My Heritage
- Genes Reunited
- Genealogy Bank
- US Gen Web Project