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    What are the Truly FREE websites to start searching your family heritage?. Every website I go to states free but then when you click on it, you have to pay or it is only free for 7 days. I'm frustrated already and I haven't even gotten started. Any help would be greatly appreaciated!!!

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    My brother works on the geneology for our family and he uses Ancestery.com. Not free. I don't believe any are free. Public records are free and many of these can be looked up on line. Just start somewhere and follow the road.

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    Don't get frustrated. Start with the information you know, your parents, grandparent.

    https://familysearch.org/]https://familysearch.org/[/url] is free and is ran by the Mormon church.

    You will find county/state websites that are free. Some things are free on ancestry.com as well.

    Genealogy is a fascinating journey but not something that you do one or two days and have it complete

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    Welcome to the world of genealogy....find one piece of the puzzle and then hit a dozen brick walls. :) they do say that genealogy is for those who love doing puzzles.
    Do try and get family members to record their memories of their childhood. Older family might be able to fill you in on past history. You will need to verify the facts cause sometimes non factual stories are handed down over the years. Join an online genealogy group that is researching the district /country that your descendants came from. Happy hunting.

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    Try http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ This is the free information from ancestry.com The message boards can help.

    Also try these two organizations

    http://usgenweb.org/

    http://www.worldgenweb.org/


    If you know who you are looking for and where they lived sometimes you can put that info in a Google search and get some info. It is how I found DH's GGF and his family connections in Illinois.

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    If any of your ancestors came to America through Ellis Island, you can check their records for free: http://www.ellisisland.org/

    If you're anywhere near a National Archives office, you can go there for free and access census records and other info for free from that office. Here's a list of the locations: http://www.archives.gov/locations/
    The website has some free info on it, but not searchable census records, for example.

    Also, some public libraries have free access to some genealogy websites (that you'd otherwise have to pay for), so check with your local library.

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    I use Family Search. It's free.

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    Make sure and use your FREE public library...they have great resourses and people there to help

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    Findagrave.com

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    to actually build your family tree, once you have the info, use Geni.com - very easy to use, and other people can add in their info as well.

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    We all have family trees, with some odd branchs.

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    castlegarden.org is great if your ancestors didn't come through Ellis Island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    We all have family trees, with some odd branchs.
    :lol: :lol:

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    Thanks everyone for the wealth of information. You guys are awesome! I will try the sites mentioned.

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    Seek out an LDSfamily history library in your area. All free and lots of personal help to assist you.

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    I've been working on mine for a little while now, and I have a question, what do you do when you hit a dead end? I've gotten as much as I can find, but before my great grandfather on my dad's side, I have nothing. I don't even know if he had any siblings, and his children have all died. I can't even find an obituary. Do I just stop and look at the next branch? But thank you for the links, I've used them as well!

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    What is the last census you found your dead end in? and where did they live during that census.

    PM me and I will try to help.

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    Graciemae, you are one of the lucky ones! West Virginia has one of the best genealogical libraries available in Charleston. The people are fantastic and can get you started down the right path faster than anything. If you live near Charleston then hit the Cultural Center - another thing that West Virginia does right is it has many, many records online at http://www.wvculture.org/index.aspx then click on Archives and history - they have birth, death and marriage records for all counties. pm me and I'll be glad to help in any way possible.
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