Genealogy research has begun to expand into a new realm. The use of mtDNA and Y-DNA is now well known and accepted by the masses. What is new is in this genetic testing area is the study of Autosomal DNA chromosomes and the data it has locked in its molecules.
For most of the amateur genealogists, the taking of the results given to them by the company that has tested their DNA samples, is sufficient to satisfy their curiosity about just who they are. For others, it is just the beginning. The amount of money spent for both types is the same. Generally, the only thing you need to pay for is to have your DNA sample tested so you can know the exact nucleotide sequences that are present in your genetic makeup.
The next steps you can take will only require time. This is where the scouring of historical data has to be done. While most families have kept their family tree alive in their bibles, others also kept old letters, diaries, and essays written by previous family members. Each one of these can then be used to build up the family tree to be as inclusive as possible.
The use of computers has now sped up the process of data acquisition. One of the more popular genealogy sites is usgenweb.org. It is staffed by volunteers that strive to help keep genealogy on the web free to all users. This site is broken down into states and counties, within which they start to assist you in your search of the past. In this site, you can find records of marriages, births, deaths, cemeteries, families, biographies, and censuses. There are also land records, maps, and links to county sites. If you know the location of family members, their records could be presently found here.
The national archives is another valuable resource. The exact link has been changed recently, and is currently http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/index.html. This is a US government site that all Americans can access for free. This site is set up to help people in their genealogy research of their family’s history. There are military records, census records, along with land, naturalization and immigration records, and passport applications available to you. There are also many tools available to you for free. All of the costs are paid for by US tax payers.
The 1940 US census is also available online at this governmental site. With it, you can track down exactly what was reported to the US government by those citizens that participated in the survey. The same pages where the information was reported are also available for viewing or downloading to your own computer. This allows for you to have a permanent and certified record of your family and their whereabouts during the 1940’s. The names, address, value of the home, number of occupants of the home, along with their ages and sex are all present. The level of schooling attained by each resident, along with their birth state, is also included in this record.
The Church of Latter Day Saints also provides a free online research site for genealogists. This site has not only the census records from 1850, 1880, and 1900, but also slave schedule for 1850. For information outside the US, this site also has the 1895 Argentina census and the 1930 Mexico census. Not only are there official Mormon Church records but any Catholic records present. For this reason, this site is useful to more than just those of the Mormon faith.
The online genealogy research tools available today are still growing. If genealogy is your passion, the internet is the right tool to use to explore your family’s past. It is also a way to make an accurate and correct record of your family tree for all future generations to have.
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