Journey Into Your Family’s Past with Genealogy
I started to dig around into the past of my family (genealogy) a few years ago but it really only hit hardcore and made me extremely addicted to finding out more and more information, around a year and a half ago. Let me tell you, it’s been quite a journey since.
Think to yourself if the movie “Back to the Future” was real and you could hop into a DeLorean, hit 88 MPH and see some serious sh… well, you know what Doc Brown says. But if you could do that it would be quite an adventure, wouldn’t it? That’s what genealogy is. It’s an amazing adventure into the past, to uncover things you have never know. Most likely, your parents and grandparents didn’t even know.
I won’t go crazy with genealogy posts because I could seriously write about it all day, every day. But what I will do is post the occasional adventures I have along with tips and sites to use.
First of all, if you are just beginning to look into your family’s past and do not know where to start there are two great sites to look at.
Ancestry is an amazing site with millions of documents. You are bound to find something about your great-grandparents or even a 2-3x great-grandparent. In my adventure, I was able to trace the Croatian side of my family back to 1610 and to my 9x great-grandfather. Pretty amazing isn’t it?
Ancestry charges a hefty price per month to use their service, but it’s really worth it if you are going to jump in with both feet and are ready to get soaked in the past. They charge $19.99 a month for the US Discovery platform, $34.99 for the World Explorer platform and $44.99 for World Explorer Plus. I really like World Explorer Plus because not only do you get access to everything on Ancestry but you also get access to Newspapers.com, Fold3 (their military portal) and Ancestry Academy where you can take classes to learn some tips and tricks and how to really facilitate your search into the past.
As I listed above, another amazing site is FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch is run by the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” and they do an amazing job. Best of all, FamilySearch is free! So you will want to use it as much as possible. I have found things on there that Ancestry doesn’t have, and I have found things on Ancestry that FamilySearch doesn’t have so it benefits you to use both.
FamilySearch also has Family History Centers all around the United States that you can visit to look at books, microfilms, documents, etc. and once again, it’s free. I was happy to find a Family History Center just 15 minutes from my home.
There are other sites you can use when searching into your family’s past, but these two are the top ones and I highly recommend them.
Seriously, if you have ever been curious as to what you could be, what you may be, who a certain someone was in the family or was a grandparent really a certain ethnicity then I implore you to take this journey. It will not only become an instant hobby but you will be able to track and lay out your roots for future generations to come.
If you have any questions, would like any tips into starting or would like to talk genealogy please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to hear from you!
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