American Ancestored Genealogy
Get started on your own genealogy with these resources:
Basic Genealogy: This article outlines the core principles of genealogical research and sources of information.
Starting Your Genealogy Research: The USGenWeb Project offers step-by-step instructions with links to useful tools and a list of common research mistakes.
Top Ten Tips for Starting Your Family History: Try one or more of these tips to break into genealogy.
Be a Family History Detective: The PBS show History Detective Special Investigations solves historical mysteries, and this article shares their detective techniques for finding family history clues.
Genealogy 101: Family History and More: This article introduces methods for collecting and organizing family research and ways to improve these skills.
Ancestry Charts and Forms: Download an ancestral pedigree chart, a family group sheet, and other forms to organize genealogical research.
Genealogy Research in Military Records: The National Archives site offers many resources for genealogists, and this article is a guide for researching military records.
Personnel Records, Muster Rolls, and Genealogical Research: The U.S. Coast Guard explains how to access service records for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel, and lighthouse keepers.
Researching Individual Immigrant Records: Finding the right immigration and nationality records is simplified by this outline of dates and resources from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Genealogical Research Tips: The U.S. Department of Interior explains how to begin a search for ancestors, with a special emphasis on Native American genealogy.
Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress (PDF): This article describes what type of research genealogists should do before going to the Library of Congress and what resources they can expect to find in its Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.
Ellis Island Immigration Records: Information on millions of ship passengers arriving at Ellis Island and the Port of New York can be accessed through this site: Just click the blue "Passenger Search" button in the upper right corner.
Compiling a Family Medical History: The Mayo Clinic identifies the health reasons for knowing three generations of your family history.
Learning About Genetic Health: This article details specific medical problems that can be affected by genetics and family history.
What is Genealogy?: The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation merges traditional genealogy with DNA to find more connections in the family tree.
Public Health Genomics: Frequently Asked Questions: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers advice on topics such as how adoptees can locate information and how knowing family history can lower one's health risk.
The Surgeon General's Family Health History Initiative: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the majority of Americans do not have a record of their family's health history, and they can begin to create that record by accessing the My Family Health Portrait Tool on this site.
Using Maps in Genealogy (PDF): Maps are an important tool in tracing the movement of a family, and the U.S. Geological Survey discusses how to use maps, the best types of maps, and where to find them.
Take a Genealogy Quiz: Have a little fun and test your family research knowledge.
Oral History Interview, Questions, and Topics: This is a list of 83 questions that can be used to generate a family history interview.
Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History: Check out a comprehensive outline of the process of planning and recording an interview, including tips on how to ask questions, pinpointing problems, and self-evaluation.
Genealogy and Homestead Records (PDF): The National Park Service put together this useful guide to researching land records that pertain to the family tree.
Ten Things You May Not Know About the Roosevelts: This fascinating article about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt highlights some of the very things a genealogist looks for: interesting relatives, a marriage certificate, and juicy family stories.
Family History Research: This introductory guide includes cautions for wise use of the Internet, verifying information, and respecting the privacy of relatives.
Caring for Your Family Papers (PDF): Historical documents can be fragile, and this article gives practical advice for preserving photos, papers, and books.
Family Business: How You Find It and How You Keep It: This expansive article covers surname origins, cemetery searches and how to take an impression of a gravestone, the difference between primary and secondary sources, African American and Native American genealogy resources, and more.
History of Genealogy and Family History: An explanation of the British tradition of recorded genealogies and the development of family history societies can be found here.
How to Trace A House Genealogy: Knowing the history of a home can yield clues to the families that occupied it, and this guide demonstrates how to track down the information.
Preserving Your Photographs: Windows to the Past (PDF): The curator of sound and visual collections at the Minnesota Historical Society gives advice on how to identify and store photos.
Preservation of Artifacts: Discover the factors that can damage historical memorabilia, and learn how to preserve textiles, paper, photos, and items made of metal, leather, or wood.
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