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Web sites can give you a boost
up into the family tree
{ Genealogy }

Are you linked to the emperor of Japan
or Davy Crockett of Tennessee?
More and more people are turning
to the Internet to find out.

With a baby boomer turning 50 every eight seconds, it's not surprising
that genealogy is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the United States.
It seems that the older people get, the more they want to know about the
past. With all the information out there, how do you ferret out the names,
dates and places that make up your family history? A myriad of Web sites
makes digging into your family roots easier, faster, cheaper and more
efficient than combing through library stacks worldwide. With just a few
keystrokes, you can locate historical archives that might hold the keys to
the past. The Internet also lets you network with other people who can fill
in the gaps in the research.
In a recent AT&T study of online habits, 30 percent of Internet users said
they had gone online to research their ancestors. Although the Internet
has a wealth of information, genealogy experts will tell you you can't find
everything you need online. Many historical documents, such as birth
certificates, cemetery listings and property records, are not available on
the Internet and still require a visit to a courthouse or library. Yet the
Internet is a great place to start digging. Many Web sites, often run by
volunteers, offer indexes to those resources. In addition to the Internet,
dozens of software programs have been created for roots research.
But you can do a lot with out spending a cent by using the links below:
if you know of or find a few more GOOD ONES not listed send the
site an e-mail message and we will put them on this page.


One of the best places to begin a family search online is at the
National Genealogical Society, a nonprofit group based in
Arlington, Va. Its site at { http://www.genealogy.org } has
suggestions for beginners and experts, home study programs,
and a recommended reading list that includes the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services' "Where to Write for Vital Records:
Birth, Deaths, Marriages and Divorces."

The U.S. Census records at
{ http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/namesearch.html }
can tell you how common your surname is. Although the census
doesn't provide addresses or phone numbers, other online sites do.

Another great site is the Family History Library of the
Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, at
{ http://www.deseretbook.com/famhis } The Latter-day
Saints site holds a huge collection of birth, marriage and
death records from around the world.

The JewishGen site at { http://www.jewishgen.org } also
offers a list of genealogy reference materials and sites online.

Cyndi Howell of Puyallup, Wash., put up a Web page of her family
tree in March 1996. It has since grown into one of the most
comprehensive sites for genealogy on the Web. The site at
{ http://www.cyndislist.com } contains more than 30,300 links
to family-tree Web sites, plus hundreds of how-to articles on
using the Internet for research and an index of 4,000
genealogy e-mail lists.

Ancestry.com, based in Orem, Utah, claims to be the world's
largest online genealogy library at { http://www.ancestry.com }
The company maintains SEVERAL FREE databases including
a Social Security death index of 56 million U.S. citizens.

Lastly, Everton's Genealogical Helper at
{ http://www.everton.com/start.html } has tons of good information
about beginning an ancestor search. It contains dozens of helpful
articles, including an introduction to the U.S. National Archives.

This Site Wants to Thank
Laura Lorek
from the

Viewer add-on's
other cool places to start:

Roots Web: http://www.rootsweb.com

Family Search: http://www.familysearch.org


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