The Internet’s ability to track and store an immense volume of content has made genealogy research more efficient and effective than ever. Online resources for tracing family history have never been so accessible or so comprehensive. Use the recommended links in this guide to discover, organize and share information about your family background.
Not sure where to begin your research? This section of the guide helps you narrow your family history search by showing you how to find specific details that make tracking your family members easier.
- Before you start searching for information online, ask your family members what details they know about your genealogical history. You may discover valuable pieces of information that can aid your research.
- Genealogy searches can be an effective way to look up information about your family’s medical history. Visit My Family Health Portrait, a tool provided by the U.S. Surgeon General, to track your family's health history and figure out how to approach disease prevention.
For research tips …
has research guidance and a list of helpful Web sites
that can aid your search. Download the free software to help collect and organize your family history. This site is from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in association with the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
specializes in tracking genealogy of Americans whose ancestors have come to the United States via Ellis Island. This link offers advice on what to expect from a genealogical search. It recommends helpful sites, many of which are listed in this guide.
hosts a “Family Relationship Chart,” a tool to help you figure out how two people in your family are related. Confused about whether you are third cousins twice or three times removed? You'll find the answer here.
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