Would you suggest sticking to the web for beginners? I have looked at software in the stores and wondered if they are any good. Also, some of the 'pay' genelogical sites too... I don't know anyone that has had any real luck though.
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posted on 04/04/2003 1:32:59 PM PST
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Try the free signup at http://www.ancestry.com
and see what you find in the World Tree and Social Security Death Index.
If you get hooked (like I did), you may opt to purchase access to various other databases such as the US Census.
There are over a BILLION names listed at ancestry.com.
posted on 04/04/2003 2:05:39 PM PST
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Not sure about the software, etc., but I've heard often not to rely on the data in the Mormon databases re genealogy -- heard they're more in to quantity than quality and not dependable. Don't know if that's true or not -- just passing on info I've been told.
My uncle who died at 93 last year spent much of his life on this research. At the last reunion his chart, on a roll of butcher paper, ran the whole length of one of the walls of the Grange Hall. Too much information in one place. Mind-boggling Arrrgh!
As for online databases, try Ancestry.com, The Mormons, and Genealogy.com.
Word of warning: do not incorporate anyone else's work into your own. Use it as a rumor or a guideline, at best -- always look for proof and hard-copy documentation.
There's a lot of vanity trees out there, more interested in quantity than quality.
posted on 04/04/2003 2:33:23 PM PST
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