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Using Professional Researchers and Associations
Professional researchers are available for almost every aspect of family history research. State historical societies, local genealogy societies, and archives often maintain lists of qualified or recommended researchers. Many of these individuals are accessible through membership in genealogy research groups.
Always consider joining any group in the area or county where you are doing research. It gives you a calling card, shows that you support their efforts and may lead to a valuable contact. If hiring someone from a distance, always ask for references. Start them off with small tasks until you are comfortable with what they deliver. Work from a budget and think about what your time and the cost of travel is worth.
A nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.
Foothills Genealogical Society
Promotes an interest in genealogy and to encourage members in genealogical research, to locate, preserve and index public and private genealogical records and to make such records available to the general public, and to publish and distribute genealogical and historical information.
National Genealogical Society
Mission is to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.
American Society of Genealogists
An independent honorary society of the leading published scholars in the field of American genealogy.
Colorado Genealogical Society
The largest genealogical society in Colorado.
Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)
Addresses the needs and interests of the Colorado genealogical community through cooperation and support of member organizations.
Back Up Your Research
Keeping backup copies of your genealogy data and your research files is important. You may use a software program to back up your data files. You will have other research files on your home computer.
What would you do if your computer hard drive failed? The answer is, "Go to your backup copy." Sadly, many do not make backup copies of their research files. Think about the time you will spend compiling your family history. Now get out there and back up those files!
Here's another idea. Fortunately you have an inexpensive and ready-to-use solution right at hand. A USB flash drive, also known as a jump drive is a handy device. Copy almost any data to these portable devices and take your data with you.
Subscription Sites and Newsletters
The global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives.
Created for genealogy inquiries, but useful for other historical research, MyHeritage Library Edition, includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries. Content includes newspapers, historical images, tombstone photos, U.S. federal census files (1790-1940) and the UK census (1841-1901.) Public records include military, immigration, citizenship and naturalization, birth, death, land, court, wills and probate records. This collection is available to the Library as part of a statewide package purchase.
Their primary goal is to keep genealogists informed of the latest research techniques and resources available.
A source for family history buffs to find genealogical research originally posted in GenForum and our most popular genealogy articles.
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
A newsletter by a prominent figure in the genealogy world offering tips and tricks to help you on your research path.
Genealogy News from the New York Times