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Genealogy Searches (questions)

submitted on June 18, 2010 by midget in "Member's Lounge"
I'm wondering if anyone here has ever tried to do a family tree - genealogy search.

If anyone has, can you offer some tips, suggestions, places to look up archives, newspaper archives etc.

I've looked on the following websites:

http://pilot.familysearch.org/.....tml#p=home

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

I'm trying to find specific people - not really trying to do a whole family tree and I'm finding this quite difficult.
Also I don't have a lot of money to invest in this so trying to do this cheaply.



Any pointers would be most welcome.
 

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  • 66911
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 18, 2010
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    See if this website can help you: http://www.ancestry.com/
    I found about it from an NPR news program but have not had a chance to try it myself yet
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    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on June 18, 2010
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    Here's a good place to start. They give you tips on other websites to use, also:
    http://www.ellisisland.org/gen....._sites.asp
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on June 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      ooh nice link Tammy. Thank You. Gonna play with this one later tonight.
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    WhattaDealBlog
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 18, 2010
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    I'm interested in this subject as well as I have a strange and very "rare" last name which is not very well documented as far as I could tell. Heck I personally am not even 100% sure of its origins.

    I just know that the largest density of the last name takes place in Belgium and Luxembourg. In the US my last name comes up 0.35 times out of a million last names. Meaning there are roughly 105-110 people with my last name in the US.

    http://www.publicprofiler.org/worldnames/Main.aspx
    Is a great site for seeing where people with your last name live "currently" But doesn't really help with history.
  • 66979
    midget
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    Posted by midget on June 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    this history stuff aint easy especially when the side of the family your trying to find doesn't talk to each other nor likes one another. lol.

    I'm finding things out little by little though. I've been told by a few people that the mormons will help you for free.

    i hit a lot of brick walls though even on the mormon site. It's almost like the family didn't exist back in the day. I can only guess it's cause records weren't kept on people like they are today.
  • 66983
    midget
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    Posted by midget on June 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    and how can you get newspaper archives? One of the people I'm looking for had a good amount of things written about him in the paper but the paper doesn't seem to allow you to search for archives online and no one is willing to do it at the paper itself due to understaffing (it's not a large publication). and you're unable to travel to that state to go look up the info yourself.
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on June 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    The archives at Ellis Island online can be very helpful if some of your past family immigrated during that era. However, not all the archives are online, and it can take a little digging.
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on June 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    It may be a slow go to wade through all of this, but there's a collection of search engine links at http://www.ancestorhunt.com/ that should be free. Also, Genealogy Today hosts the StateGenSites database of over 20,000 genealogy web sites at http://www.genealogytoday.com/genealogy/states/ . The last one, Progenealogists, at http://www.progenealogists.com.....gy2008.htm , posted the 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2008, and hopefully most are still good links.

    The only newspaper archive I know about is http://newspaperarchive.org/Default.aspx - not free but has a 7-day free trial period, at least.
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on June 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Forgot to add that About.com has "101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free" at http://genealogy.about.com/cs/....._sites.htm .
    Hope that's not too overwhelming! Eeek And I hope at least some of them prove to be useful.
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    midget
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    Posted by midget on June 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    dang, with all these sites you guys really have my homework cut out for me. Big Grin

    i know we don't talk much hou Tex but i'd love to hook up with you on this. A large portion of my roots are out of Texas and with you being there I think maybe you could direct me to some people/places, that could help me find what i'm looking for.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on June 19, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      What a small world! I started to tell you about the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research here, but did not think it was relevant until you mentioned roots in Texas. http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/clayton-library
      This is part of the Houston Public Library system, and years ago I knew someone who was an avid genealogist. She traced her roots all the way back to the Netherlands. Those were the days when no data was online, and she did rubbings of the tombstones she visited and scanned the documents she needed in the library with a portable scanner. So it's not a hobby of mine, I only know what little I know through her.

      The Clayton Library must be related in some way to the LDS system, because information that isn’t available there can be requested from the LDS library in Utah or other national genealogical libraries. You can contact them (by 24/7 live chat, email, or phone) - information at http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/ask-a-librarian .
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    Posted by midget on June 19, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Hou Tex, I just saw this link and haven't had a chance to look it over yet. But can you tell me how I could get the newspaper articles I'm looking for? There are quite a few of them. The paper is Odessa Online (although back in the day it was called Odessa American.

    There were also write ups in the El Paso Herald-Post and the Brownsville Herald.

    I'm not sure how to go about getting these articles short of having to go to Texas?
  • 67027
    midget
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    Posted by midget on June 19, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    I called a few of the libraries in Texas in Ector County as well as Ward County and actually talked to some people that were around when my family grew up there. It totally blew me away. One lady I spoke with said she went to school in the 1st grade with one of my aunts.
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    Posted by clover on March 29, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I started searching for information on my Great-Grandfather about ten years ago. I learned that he came over from Ireland during the Potato Famine and ended up serving for the 35th Regiment Indiana Infantry. It was organized on December 11, 1861 during the American Civil War, and mustered out October 23, 1865. It was known as the First Irish as it was mainly made up Irish Americans. I sent off for his release records from the Government. It is a great thing for families to do. I have since found the Ship's registry of the boat that he and his brother's & sister's came over on from Ireland. It fascinates me the wealth of knowledge that is on the internet! I have not joined ancestry.com because I want to find what I can without paying for it!
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    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on March 30, 2011
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    I signed up for ancestry.com free 14 day trial and found a world of family history, including my own birth notice in the local newspaper where I'm from. If you locate the census bureau report for the area where your parents are from for the 10 year span, you can find family names and research their names through military, death index and even local newspaper with possible news about family members,

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