family-tree5-01Ever been curious about where you came from or if you’re a descendant of royalty? Well, you’re not alone. More and more people are taking up the hobby of genealogy to search for their roots. And now, with more and more sites available on the Internet, it’s easier than ever.

The best place to start is with yourself. Know your basic history, and branch out from there. Keep good notes, and start searching through censes records, tax, birth, death, marriage records. Access to the archives of local newspapers can be a boon. While we have the internet our ancestors had to rely on the community news in the local papers to find out what was happening in their town.

Interest in family history is growing worldwide and most amateur and professional genealogists know one of the best sources of information is the LDS church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Can’t take a trip to Utah? No worries. The church has a free online site you can use for your research, Family Search.

Another site that genealogist find invaluable is Ancestry. It has one of the most comprehensive data bases and you can try the service free for 14 day. Do be aware that if you don’t want to continue with the service, you’ll have to cancel before the end of the trial or be charged $200 – $300 for a yearly fee.

Once you start gathering information, you’ll l need a place to store it on your computer so you’ll want to select a genealogy data base program. Roots Magic and Legacy are two that are available for downloading and are good for record keeping. The cost of these programs runs around $30- $50. Another good one is Family Tree Maker or if you happen to have a Mac, Reunions.

If you want to try a more specific search, there are plenty of subscription sites available for you. For instance is you’re primary interest is in military records, Fold-3 has military records going back to the Civil War. Want to find out all the old gossip from your town or the place where you grew up? Genealogy bank has over 1 billion genealogy records to discover your family history and is the largest digitized newspaper archive online.

If you want to just get your feet wet and see if genealogy is something you really want to pursue, there are numerous FREE sites on the web that you can try before spending any of your hard-earned money. Besides Family Search, you might want to try: usgenweb, archive, or Google books Those are just a few but there are many, many more, just Google free genealogy sites and see what pops up.

New information and new sites are being added every day. All you have to do is start searching. So, gather up some basic family information, get a hold of the family bible, and start questioning your relatives. It may be the start of a whole new hobby and who knows what you might find?

Source by Carlene Rae Dater