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Has anyone tried/used one of the online genealogy sites? And, if so, what did you think?

Assessments would be appreciated.

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QUOTE(Jazzy @ Dec 19 2009, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I asked my brother, who is a genealogy guru. He has traced our family back to 1640's Isle of Wight. His response is too long to post here, I'll PM it to you.

Thank you Jazzy, I got it.

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I've done lots of genealogy research on our family...
I've never paid any of the on-line sites for access and have still managed to accumulate data on over 1200 relatives and ancestors. I've found the Mormon site EXTREMELY helpful (and it's free)...
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

The best way to jump-start a family tree is to search for your Grandparents in the Social Security Death index and send in for a copy of their ORIGINAL application for a SSN... it'll contain info on them at a young age AND their parents names and places of birth... the index search is avalable free at the LDS site and at...
http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/?kbid=9064&m=9

US records aren't too hard to come by without spending a bunch of cash... foriegn ones, I've found very difficult, again with the LDS site being helpful to an extent. I'm not cheap in any sense of the word, but I've found that the access I paid for was of little value... about the most valuble of the resources they offered for $$$ was the census data for years other than 1880 (which is available free, on-line). There are a number of free MAJOR BRAND BBSs online that offer Last-Name-based boards where folks share info....... those can be very helpful.
 

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QUOTE(Jazzy @ Dec 19 2009, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I asked my brother, who is a genealogy guru. He has traced our family back to 1640's Isle of Wight. His response is too long to post here, I'll PM it to you.

Hey Cuz!!!


 

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QUOTE(Capn Ken @ Dec 19 2009, 01:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've done lots of genealogy research on our family...
I've never paid any of the on-line sites for access and have still managed to accumulate data on over 1200 relatives and ancestors. I've found the Mormon site EXTREMELY helpful (and it's free)...
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

The best way to jump-start a family tree is to search for your Grandparents in the Social Security Death index and send in for a copy of their ORIGINAL application for a SSN... it'll contain info on them at a young age AND their parents names and places of birth... the index search is avalable free at the LDS site and at...
http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/?kbid=9064&m=9

US records aren't too hard to come by without spending a bunch of cash... foriegn ones, I've found very difficult, again with the LDS site being helpful to an extent. I'm not cheap in any sense of the word, but I've found that the access I paid for was of little value... about the most valuble of the resources they offered for $$$ was the census data for years other than 1880 (which is available free, on-line). There are a number of free MAJOR BRAND BBSs online that offer Last-Name-based boards where folks share info....... those can be very helpful.

Thanks Cap'n Ken, I will check them out. I also apprciate the tips on getting started.

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I wish every state had information available like Missouri.

They are setting up a database with all birth and death certificates online. I have even been able to get civil war records on my grandaparents.

You can view the copies on screen and then print them. At least you can see the information and then order copies if you really want / need them with a state seal.
 

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QUOTE(Jazzy @ Dec 19 2009, 02:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Pornodave @ Dec 19 2009, 02:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Jazzy @ Dec 19 2009, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I asked my brother, who is a genealogy guru. He has traced our family back to 1640's Isle of Wight. His response is too long to post here, I'll PM it to you.

Hey Cuz!!!








I guess I'll explain....

Yesterday on Facebook I made a post asking my family if they knew the street our farm in Kentucky was on because I was trying to find it on Google maps. Jazzy saw the post and asked what area my family was from because her family is from there, she told me the city and its the same damn little city our farm was in (population ~700)!!!

So - chances are we are distant cousins.
 

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My mom has done some research on our family. She bought a book with one of the family names, inside the front cover were about 40 spellings of Rabideau (Rab-ah-Dew). All the same family just different spellings.
 

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All the advice so far is good. I do subscribe to Ancestry.com, mostly because I use it a lot for work. If you can take advantage of a short-term subscription, it would be good to do, just for access to the census data. They also have the World War I and World War II registration cards, as well as some other war records. The other records are hit and miss...I've found some great stuff there, but it will depend on how good your ancestors were at getting into the records...and how good you are at finding them. I wouldn't pop for a subscription until you've exhausted the free sites and are a little more experienced in researching.

HeritageQuest is another online source that has the census records, and frequently libraries will subscribe to either HQ or Ancestry. Check out your local library or a nearby University library (you may have to be at an on-campus computer to use them).

When you know where your ancestors are from, there are local websites for most counties, where, depending on what people have contributed, you can look up cemetery inscriptions and other data. You can do that via Rootsweb.com. Rootsweb also has county message boards and mailing lists, where you can search for others in your line or post messages. It's amazing what relatives you can find this way.
 
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