Online Family History

Go online to discover your Family History!

If you are looking for online family history information, you will find that some is free on the Internet, and some you have to pay for. It stands to reason that if you pay some sort of subscription to obtain online family history you will have access to a lot more information than if you don't pay anything at all. But before you subscribe, make sure that you have a good chance of getting the kind of online family history you want.

For instance, if you know that your ancestors came from Britain, then you'll be quite safe signing up with one of the reputable British genealogy web sites. But if you can only trace ancestors back to America, you may be wasting your money. If you live in the United States and think family members who lived centuries ago might have been in Britain, then it could be worthwhile after all.

Some web sites will give you the opportunity of a free search for information, even if they normally charge a monthly subscription. Always give the free option a try first. If that yields information, there's a good chance that you'll get a lot more if you subscribe. If it draws a blank, try some other options as well, and always study what resources they are going to allow you to use once you start paying over money.

You will also find that various societies and organisations have clubbed together to make data available via the Internet. Examine these options as well.

Wherever you are and wherever your ancestors come from, you will find it a whole lot easier to find genealogical information online if you have some sort of idea of your beginnings - or roots. So before you start searching online, find out as much as you can first. Draw yourself a rough family tree starting with you at the base. Then branch out from here. Draw in your parents - then their parents (your grandparents) - and then your great-grandparents. If you don't have certain information, simply leave it out. The challenge later on will be to fill in all these gaps.

When you have compiled as much information as you can, then get started looking for more information about your online family history.

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