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Genealogy 101:
How to Trace Your
Family's History
and Heritage

ne of the most satisfying projects you can undertaking is tracing and recording your ancestors. This is especially so if you enjoy gathering clues and facts to use in solving family mysteries and puzzles.

You may create a family tree, with ancestors' names and dates and locations.  Or you may write family histories, with your ancestors' lives described in the context of the historical eras in which they lived.

Because genealogy research has become so popular, there are many resources to help you. Free and for-pay Web sites can be of great assistance. So can books and software.  Here are resources for you, including our blog Relative Musings and an index to its many segments on Finding Family for Free. And follow us on Twitter for genealogy updates, tips and strategies.

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First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Family History


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Family History Starter Pack: All You Need to Begin Your Family History Research


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Organizing Your
Family History


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500 Brickwall
Solutions to
Genealogy Problems


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Books, Software
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More Brickwall
Solutions to
Genealogy Problems


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Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records


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Tracking Down
Your Ancestors


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The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes


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Books, Software
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Courthouse Research

for Family Historians:
Your Guide to


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In Search of Your German Roots. The Complete Guide
to Tracing Ancestors in Germanic Areas
of Europe


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Finding Your
Roots Online


Introduction to Genealogy   [ Top ]

Rootsweb's Lesson on Starting: record what you know, interview living relatives, more

Finding Family for Free:  listing of many tips for doing family history research with little or no cost as you begin, with links to entries on our Relative Musings blog

Genealogy 101: a clear outline of how to begin your research, with 5 key steps and essays.'s Lessons: 85 free lessons grouped into the following categories. Use as an intro or as a checklist of approaches
  Beginning Genealogy
  Internet Genealogy
  Tracing Immigrant Origins

26 Tips to Get You Started and a helpful listing  of Genealogy Terms and abbreviations

Genealogy and Family History Research:  resources from the National Archives on how to get started tracing your family tree

Start Your Genealogy Research:  census, immigration, land, military and naturalization

Blog: Relative Musings: ideas on finding your family with free resources, as well as the editor's family research. A handy index of blog topics.

Super Secrets of Successful Genealogists: tips from the pros on getting past brick walls or dead ends in your family research

Brick Wall Genealogy Solutions: guide to the best advice on overcoming family research dead ends, with articles, lessons and more

Free Genealogy Charts & Forms: some of the best sites for free resources

Family History Forms including a Family Group Sheet in Excel format for ease of use.

Genealogy Forms: family record sheet, pedigree chart, more - free in pdf format

Genealogy Charts: wide selection of charts free in pdf format -- organize the results of your work

Family Relationship Chart:  figuring out aunts, uncles, cousins, gg-grandparents and more

Guides to Resources   [ Top ]

100 Genealogy Resources: includes Web sites for both traditional records-based and genetic genealogy research. Check for a new resouce.

Cyndi's List: a massive collection of resources with more than 250,000 links to genealogy resources organized by countries, states, surnames, record types and much more

Family History Internet Resources: an A to Z list of Web site to help with genealogy

Guides at Rootsweb: a large collection of guides with advice and links to sources of information by type, countries, ethnic groups

Genealogy Roots Blog: get the latest news about genealogy resources, online databases and records, from Joe Beine, creator of the large and helpful, more

Research Online   [ Top ]

Research Checklist: monitor your research using many listed types of genealogy resources 1880 Census, plus individual genealogical records, GEDCOMS, more

FamilySearch free access to scans of some census records, more new resources use the wealth of information posted by other researchers, but remember to find records to support ancestral connections

U.S. GenWeb: free resources transcribed and posted by volunteers for every state and county in the USA.  Also see WorldGenWeb

Census-Online - Links: large directory of links to online census transcriptions, by state, county

Censusfinder: links to free online census records, USA, Canada, more

Castle Garden: search for immigrant ancestors who came through New York's first immigration station between 1830-1892

Ellis Island: search for immigrant ancestors who came through New York between 1892-1954

Immigrant Ships: start with 1st of 8 volumes of transcribed ships' passenger lists - search ISTG site by search engine, index or year

Immigrant Genealogical Society: searches available for European countries

Name Changes: discover how many European immigrants changed their given names -- with numerous examples. By H.L. Mencken

Given and Surnames in varied countries including British names and Czech names

Family History Centers: search for a center near you, where you can use books, computer tools and order microfilms

Books We Own: volunteers who own books of genalogical value do look-ups

General Land Office Records with searchable database of early land purchases, from BLM

Using the SSDI: guide to the Social Security Death Index and the SSDI search tool a free database of burials, and for gravesites, memorials use Find a Grave

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness: an online source for look-ups by volunteers wealth of resources in this subscription service

Genealogy Bank: search historic documents and  newspapers free, subscribe for full access search original documents online including civil war, naturalization records, more

Google Genealogy Searches: use search tools on this page for special genealogy searches

Sites to Post Queries   [ Top ]

CousinConnect: search and post queries, searchable by surname and country

GenForums: post your family research query based on surname, country, region of a country, state, county in a state, and selected topics.

Message Boards at for surnames, localities, selected topics

Message Boards at, with 161,000 boards: surname, location, specialty whether your ancestor migrated between or within countries, post them here and add a brief query for assistance

Progenealogists offer space for posting free queries and a way to search past queries

Queries & Message Boards: at Cyndi's List

6 Steps to a Successful Genealogy Query

Sharing Family History   [ Top ]

Genealogy Bios: contribute biographies for your family or read those posted by others

GenForum: submit what you know about ancestors by surname and location including countries, states, counties, more  post a description of how your ancestors moved from place to place

Rootsweb Surname List: post your surname and find others researching your name

Share Research via Rootsweb: you can submit records, upload family trees, post to message boards and more to share or find information

Genealogy Products    [ Top ]

Visit our Genealogy Shop for family history and genealogy books, software and other products today. Check out the sections for German genealogy, Irish genealogy and much more.

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The Sleuth Book for Genealogists: Strategies for
More Successful
Family History Research


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@ Home with Your Ancestors.Com - How
to research family history using
the internet


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The Unpuzzling Your
Past Workbook:
Essential Forms and
Letters for All Genealogists


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The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall


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Genealogy Online
for Dummies


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Your Guide to the Federal Census: For Genealogists, Researchers, and Family Historians


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Courthouse Research

for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical


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A Student's Guide to
German American Genealogy


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Encyclopedia of


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Planting Your Family
Tree Online: How to
Create Your Own

Family History
Web Site


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Genealogist's Guide
to Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors


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Germans to America
67 volumes



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Finding Your Family
on the Internet: The Ultimate Guide

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The Researcher's
Guide to American
Genealogy 3rd Ed.


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The Organized Family

Historian: How to File, Manage,
and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms


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RootsMagic Family
Tree Genealogy


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The Making of


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Sheboygan County (Wisconsin)
(Images of America


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Women's Wisconsin:
From Native
Matriarchies to the
New Millennium

Wisconsin Genealogy   [ Top ]

Milwaukee & Wisconsin Resources: a guide from the Webmaster of this site

Links to the Past for Milwaukee:  major source for genealogy and history

Benjamin Church, a young carpenter from New York, arrived in Milwaukee in 1835, helped build the city -- and his pioneer world

William George Bruce: Milwaukee historian, grandson of early Milwaukee settler Frederick Bruce and son of Augustus Bruce, shipbuilders

Cammin, Pomerania, Prussia: home of Martin Friedrich Bruss, wife Sophie Stiemke, and sons August, Martin and John who came in 1839

Glarus Canton: Swiss native home to Speich family who came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

William Henry Luehr: Wisconsin educator and public employee, native of New Holstein

New Holstein: history and genealogy for the community founded by German immigrants

Sheboygan and The Falls: genealogy and history for these cities on and near Lake Michigan, with manufacturing histories

Wisconsin Historical Society:  Genealogy resources including historic articles, books

WHS Vital Records searchable database with births, deaths and marriages online

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

Wisconsin GenWeb - Milwaukee County with indexes for Milwaukee histories, obits, more

Cyndi's List for Wisconsin: starting place for the state and its localities

Rootsweb Resources for Wisconsin

Wisconsin History Dictionary with many brief biographies, locations

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Germans in

(Ethnic Series)


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They Came in Ships:

Finding Your
Immigrant Ancestor's
Arrival Record


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Genealogist's Guide
to Discovering Your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies

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Irish Milwaukee
(Images of America)

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Danes in Wisconsin:
(Expanded Edition)

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Jewish Milwaukee
(Images of America)

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Irish in Wisconsin
(People of Wisconsin)

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Map Guide to the
U.S. Federal


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Walking With Your Ancestors: A Genealogist's Guide
to Using Maps
and Geography


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Address Book
for Germanic
Genealogy 6th ed.


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Genealogy and Old Maps: how they can give you leads to locations of records, a sense of relationships among relatives and more

Maps in Family Research: the third most important resource for genealogists

Using Maps in Genealogy Research: a fact sheet with links and map resources

Using Maps and Gazetteers: three reasons why maps can help your ancestor search

Use Maps to visualize your ancestor's life and see where to direct your research efforts

Search Old US Maps and use search tools to find locations

National with a Map Maker   that lets you create your own map of specific locales

Family Facts in Maps: name distribution in the US in 1840, 1880 and 1920, and in the UK in 1891, plus name origins, more

Surname Distribution Maps: create maps for your surname for 1850, 1880, 1920 and 1990s

Maps of Wisconsin   [ Top ]

1895 Wisconsin Atlas: state and county maps

Historical Maps of Wisconsin: digital maps

Wisconsin History Reference Maps

Maps of Milwaukee   [ Top ]

Territorial Milwaukee Map: showing original Juneautown, Kilbourntown, Walker's Point

1878 Map of Milwaukee: click for a larger image and then zoom in to specific areas

Milwaukee 1904 Map: with many old street names

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Map Guide to
American Migration
Routes, 1735-1815


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The Atlas of
Ethnic Diversity
in Wisconsin


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The Milwaukee

Neighborhood Map
(Maps & Atlases)


Blog:   Relative

Brick Wall


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Swiss in

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Wisconsin Office of Emigration
1852-1855 and Its Impact on
German Immigration to the State


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Wisconsin's Past
and Present:
A Historical Atlas

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More Brickwall
Solutions to
Genealogy Problems


History of
Milwaukee City
and County
(Volume III)

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They Became Americans:
Finding Naturalization Records
and Ethnic Origins

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They Came To
America: Finding Your
Immigrant Ancestors

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Finding Your German Ancestors : A

Beginner's Guide


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