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Getting Started: Provides some useful information on how to start your genealogical research as well as good places to start researching.
Websites: Provides some websites that will be helpful to you as you begin your genealogy research.
U.S. Census: Helpful links to navigate the US Census.
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for genealogy inquiries, but useful for other historical research, MyHeritage Library Edition, includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries.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.
A nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.
Genealogy and Family History
Provides links to helpful government websites to help you in your family history research.
Purpose of this Guide
The focus is on free resources available online, but also recommend resources that you may have to pay for access.
Organizing Your Research
It's important to find a method and a set of research tools that will work for you. It may help to keep a research log.
- Keep a separate research log for each person in your story.
- Make research folders on your flash drive for each person.
- Keep documents for each person in your research folders.
If you can keep an organized record of your research, you'll save time and avoid "plowing the same field," over and over.
It also helps to have some "pre-designed" data charts, census forms and research guides. Some of these forms are free downloads from the open web.