- Names and dates are reported differently when data from various sources or census years are compared. Often spellings were phonetic when recorded by census takers.
- One site is usually not enough to gather all details.
- A gedcom file is a standard method of transferring a family tree from an existing genealogy program.
- Talk to your relatives to see what they know first.
Choosing Tools to Gather and Share Information
- New York Times on Genealogy Tools
- Genealogy Databases Compared – Check the boxes for the products you would like to compare side-by-side
- Digital Librarian links -”A librarian’s choice of the best of the web”
- Best Genealogy Resources for Beginners
- Beginning Your Family History
- Wisconsin State Historical Society Classes and Workshops
- “Finding Your Roots” PBS TV Show Resources
Subscription Sites (Many have free trial periods)
- Ancestry.com – Prompts you through information gathering
- Geni – Includes social tools
- Genealogybank.com – Includes newspaper archives and a 30 day free trial
- World Vital Records
Sites with Free Access to Most Content
- Top 10 Free Genealogy Sites
- Wisconsin Historical Society Genealogy Tools
- Heritage Quest – Available on campus (from networks within the UW IP space) through UW libraries.
- Free Genealogy Resources
- Ellis Island Genealogy Learning Center
- rootsweb – Includes free global searching on surnames. Affiliated with Ancestry.com
- National Archives – Searchable documents, photos and records
- Ancestor Hunt – Search Wisconsin surnames or cemetery records
- My Heritage
- Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Web