Chapter 1: Genealogy Made Free – Start Yours Now!
Genealogy, to most people, is just the simple term ‘family tree’. One would be foolish to not have any interest on his origin.
To start with one’s genealogy is like starting a long hike. There are things one needs to know and prepare for. In addition to that, it would consume some of your time. Just have patience and it will all be worth it!
There are many sites offering free information on genealogy. As the saying goes, it is now just a click of a mouse away. As mentioned, one must prepare some information before starting to look for additional ones. What are these ‘information’?
Begin with the basic ones like dates (of birth, marriages and death), family names and first names (use of paternal last name, name after marriage, Chinese last names, middle names and nicknames, etc.), occupations and places. After gathering all these, read on for the free stuff offered on genealogical sites:
Genealogical forms for downloading like charts as basis for the family tree, calendar (used for research), forms for note taking, deed indexes (grantors and grantees), checklist for libraries or archives the researcher visited), journals and worksheets for research, table of contents, index for marriages (statewide), and vital records.
Other forms are outline for biography, log for correspondence, family group sheet (chart filled out by family groups), time capsules, checklist of military records, tradition records, census records checklist (which includes 1790- 1930 censuses). One could also have a checklist of books and articles that the researcher finds to be relevant to the genealogical work. […]