How To Find A Grave By Cemetery – Another Free Genealogy Site

Recently I posted about a free source for genealogists, Find A Grave By Name – Online memorials Make It Easy. The article is about a free genealogy site called findagrave.com. There are many free resources out there for genealogists and I am your resource for those free genealogy sites.

In this post I’ll go over how to find a grave by cemetery and another free online grave site resource called Billion Graves at billiongraves.com. Billion Graves is a bit different from the find a grave website because it is not really an online memorial site. This site is geared more towards the genealogist as a resource for finding graves of those he/she is researching or just for anyone searching for the burial location of someone else.

Why Would You Need To Find A Grave?

In the last post I made regarding how to find a grave by name, I had some questions pop up about why someone would actually need to find a grave. It does sound odd, but if you think about it there could be a lot of reasons why you do not know how to find a grave of a loved one.

Reasons Why You Would Need To Find A Grave Of A Loved One:

  • Grave is unmarked – there have been quite a number of people in my family through-out the years who do not have, or did not in the past have, a headstone.
  • Moved from the area – you could have moved from the area or maybe your relative has moved from the area and you do not know exactly where the person is buried.
  • Researching family members you do not actually know – genealogists are researching family history and at some point in that research, you are bound to come up with a relative or some relatives whom you have never actually met. For instance, my mom’s grandfather who died when her dad was a child. I have never met him nor has she ever met him. He is buried in a place no one else in my family is buried and few people left alive today know of that location. She very recently took me to where he is buried so I can now pass that piece of our family history on.
  • Adoption – adoption could play a role for either the parents who have given up a child or the child who most likely never knew the biological family.
  • Unknown death – now this sounds absurd I’m sure, but trust me it happens. My mom’s sister passed away three months before anyone in the family was told and, to top it off, she was cremated. There is no final resting place for anyone to visit, but had she been buried an online find a grave site would come in very handy.
  • Divorce – I have an aunt who died about twelve years ago. She is an aunt through my dad’s brother. The two divorced many years ago so technically she is no longer my aunt, but I was raised with her as an aunt and will always consider her this way. I did not know where she was buried and this is an example of why a site like findagrave.com or billiongraves.com are important. Researching any link to the family is important for completing your family tree…even the broken links.
  • Family secrets – It is a sad thing indeed that families sometimes choose to cover up bits of their history and pretend they do not exist, but it does happen. As a child I remember my mom and her sisters talking about a young relative giving birth, many years ago when that was absolutely taboo, at the age of sixteen. She was unwed and her and the baby died during delivery. They were buried together on a hillside next to a tree. Now the only ones left who know about the girl and baby are my mom and her sisters, none of which remember what I am asking about. They are all in their seventies and their minds are failing. Without a name or something to go I cannot even check the databases to find her grave, but if I did have a name and location using one of the free genealogy sites like billiongraves.com would be an excellent way to find a grave by cemetery or name.

I’m sure there are other reasons why maybe you do not know where a grave of a loved one is, but I think you now understand there are cases where maybe you do not know. These online memorial and grave sites are meant for that purpose. To help the families connect with deceased loved ones and even living relatives who are searching for the same people they are.

Resource For Genealogy Research

How exactly does a site like Billion Graves help with family history research? Billion Graves and sites like it are a great resource for genealogists because they give you yet another avenue to find loved ones and ancestors. Sites like Billion Graves and Find A Grave give you the ability to search for deceased relatives by name, location, cemetery, birth year, death year, and they give you the possibility to do a broader search over like a 5-year span if you are uncertain of the exact year of death.

Account Basics

Billion Graves is a completely free genealogy site with the basic membership. There is an option to upgrade to premium, but that is completely optional. The free site works just fine.

I haven’t known about Billion Graves for long and I am still working with it to figure out all the aspects it has, but so far it seems like a good site. I do wish it had more records available and that will come when more and more people help to take and transcribe photos.

Volunteering Your Time In The Name Of Research

You can help to grow the databases within Billion graves! Do you ever visit cemeteries and loved ones at cemeteries? If you do you can help expand the databases simply by photographing graves for your loved ones!

Get the Billion Graves app for your android or IPhone. It is super simple to use! All you have to do is install the app and sign into your Billion Graves account. Then when you are in the app you’ll see the following picture:

To then add pictures onto the site, just click “Take Pictures” and start clicking away. The bottom left icon is where you set up your settings for auto upload, auto flash, preview after capture and more. I have mine set to not automatically upload so I can preview the picture prior to uploading. This comes in handy in case you need to retake the photo if it’s blurry or unfocused.

Once you take the photos you would transcribe them which is just entering the information from the stones into the database such as name, birth date, death date, etc. Presto…you now have added your loved ones into the database so someone else doing research will be able to find the record. It’s that simple. Create your account and save your favorite cemeteries and help someone else to be able to find a grave by cemetery or to find a grave by name!

I actually volunteer for cemeteries in my local area where I have no relatives buried. My family are all buried in other states so I volunteer to help with pictures within my local community to assist other researchers with their family research. We can all help each other get the information we are looking for. With the Billion Graves app it is super easy to get the photos and transcribe them. Volunteer today!

Areas Covered By Billion Graves

Billion Graves is available for many countries including the United Kingdom, United States, Mexico, the Netherlands, Mongolia, and many more! If the cemetery you need is not in the database already, simply add it! This site covers a lot of territory and connected to FamilySearch, which is the free genealogy site from The LDS Church which is the largest collection of genealogy records. The collection is massive and includes records from many countries.

Another Great Free Genealogy Website

Genealogy is about making connections with the past and present, and part of that is networking with other researchers. By helping others with their research you can in turn help yourself. Volunteer to donate pictures of a local cemetery and I assure you, someone will volunteer in a location where you need photos taken. You can also make photo requests and someone will answer the call!

Billion Graves is a growing site, but already encompasses a huge territory and will only grow as more and more people donate photos. With the Billion Graves app you can very easily add new photos and transcribe them later when you have a computer to view the pictures better. The account is completely free, unless you opt for the paid membership which comes with added benefits, but is completely unnecessary. The free account works just fine.

Billion Graves is a great free genealogy site which can definitely help you with your family history research! I look forward to hearing from you with comments and/or questions below. Please like and share this post with the links below if you found it beneficial.

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The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center – A Free Resource For Your Family Research

Across the country there are some really great free resources for genealogy research. Libraries are a rich source of free records, materials and tools to aid researchers in their family tree research for many countries. I’ll be posting a series on the best libraries for researching your family history starting with the Allen County Public Library Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Fort Wayne, IN Located in Allen County

If you have never been to Fort Wayne, IN it is a really nice place to live and/or visit. My husband and I met in Indiana. He is originally from the New Haven/Fort Wayne area and I moved there years ago.

We lived in Fort Wayne for a while, before moving out west, and one of the main attractions, at least for me, was the Allen County Public Library located in downtown Fort Wayne.

I have always held a fondness for books. As a child I read a lot and I mean a lot! I read three novels a day during summer breaks and so the Allen County Public Library was a dream place for me!

The rows and rows of books, the reading tower, the large computer area, the genealogy section, the coffee stand, the art wing, and the rest of the enormous library was like a sanctuary for me.

I spent many days up in the reading tower. I really loved it at the library and every time my husband and I visit Indiana, that is the one place I have to go.

The Genealogy Center

The Allen County Public Library is truly a huge library and has a lot to offer. Really there is something there for everyone and for all of us genealogists there is a whole wing devoted to family history research. Visit the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center online here. You can visit in person with the below address. If you are planning a visit, make sure to check their website for the online catalog which allows you to check the databases to see if there is something there for you to research prior to making the trip.

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza

PO Box 2270

Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270

(260) 421-1225

Genealogy@ACPL.Info

www.ACPL.Info

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

It is great they are open on Sundays! A library with weekend hours is a great thing indeed!

Genealogy Center Databases & Research Archives

The genealogy center at the Allen County Public Library is one of the largest collections of genealogy data anywhere. It contains records from all over the world and is a great resource for genealogists all over. One of the greatest aspects of the genealogy center at ACPL is that their librarians are all genealogists! The staff is very knowledgeable and can answer questions and assist you with your research.

If you visit the online center for the genealogy department, you’ll notice they hold events like 30-minute personal consultations for genealogy research with staff members. I visit the site regularly and see they are always holding some sort of genealogy related events. That would be something you would want to check out if you plan a research trip to Fort Wayne, IN.

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center collaborates with other libraries across the county to get the archives online and available for use. The following is a list of the collaborative efforts available thus far:

  • Allen County Public Library
  • American Fork Library
  • Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
  • Birmingham Public Library
  • Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library
  • Brigham Young University, Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library
  • Brigham Young University, Idaho David O. McKay Library
  • Church History Library
  • Family History Library
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
  • Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center
  • Maine State Library
  • Onondaga County Public Library
  • University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries

The links to these sites are all found within the online center at ACPL. This collaboration effort is called Family History Books and contains more than 350,000 records from around the world. Included in the collection are local and county histories, family histories, some genealogy magazines, some how-to books and medieval histories and family pedigrees.

The genealogy center at ACPL also has more than 95,000 books which have been digitized from their own collection. The collection includes books written in several languages, books from areas across the country and also includes microfilm, and another almost 3 million books which have been digitized from libraries all over the country. The database is search-able by keyword and best of all, completely free!

The genealogy center at ACPL has yet another collaboration which is actually an online family tree. It is a collaborative effort with all the members contributing information. The site is completely free and currently has 2.9 million people adding records. It runs off of tax-deductible contributions and volunteers. This free genealogy site is called werelate.org.

So Much To See, So Much To Do, So Little Time

There is really a lot of information available for genealogists at the Allen County Public Library and it is a really great collection. It would be worth your time to plan a trip and see what all they have to offer, and best of all it is completely free! If you feel the need to plan a trip, just make sure to schedule a tour of the department and use the trip planner online to see what is all available in the collection to research while you are there. Also, don’t forget to bring along your portable external hard drive! These handy devices help researchers stay organized.

The Allen County Public Library – A Must See Stop For Genealogists!

If you have the time and money for travel, then visiting the ACPL is a great place for genealogists to go for researching their family history. I would really prefer to have the time to research in a large library and this one in particular, but my time currently does not allow for that so I primarily utilize online free genealogy websites like WikiTree.

For those of you close to Fort Wayne, IN I would definitely recommend taking a trip to this library. There is a lot of information in this library and something for everyone! If you bring along your children/grand-children, there is a wing for kids too! They will absolutely love the children’s wing and it will keep them occupied while you do your research!

The genealogy center at ACPL has an extensive collection for genealogy, state-of-the-art equipment, librarians that are also genealogists, and so much more! If you are planning a trip somewhere in the Midwest, add a stop in Fort Wayne and check out the library for yourself.

Please comment below if you have used the genealogy center at the Allen County Public Library or have any questions or other comments. I would love to hear you thoughts and please like and share this post with the links below if you found it to be useful!

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New Social Media Site – Web Talk – Another Free Resource For Your Genealogy Research

In the past few weeks, I have posted several times on free genealogy sites or sites you can utilize to search for your family history on which are completely free. Today I want to go over an exciting new platform which is not only a free resource for your research, but could also actually earn you money!

Now how cool is that? You could actually get paid just for researching your family tree! So what is the hype I am referring to?

WebTalk is a brand new social media platform which is still in the beta phase.


What Exactly Is WebTalk?

WebTalk is a new social media platform with a unique twist. But before I get into that, let’s just discuss exactly what WebTalk is.

WebTalk was founded by RJ Garbowicz and has a patent pending Social CRM. This allows you to control your social life! You can segregate a contact by friend, colleague, family or a combination of all three if you need to.

Some other key aspects of the platform are as follows:

  • Built-In Micro-CRM for Dealmakers
  • Readymade Built-In Groups, Newsfeed Channels & Privacy
  • Ability to add Searchable Keyword Tags (sub-groups)
  • You can add Searchable time-stamped Notes
  • Put in values so you can see the stuff from those that matter most
  • A contacts page which has a built-in rolodex
  • A feature I personally love! – with WebTalk you control your newsfeed. you can post to your professional newsfeed, personal newsfeed or private group channels!
  • Posting to the public is a blog feature
  • Allows you to obtain recommendations to help promote your status

In Depth Look At Some Features

Now that we have a basic understanding of what WebTalk is, let’s take a closer look at some features. One that really stands out to me is the blog like feature for public posts.

What exactly does that mean? Well when you post something on WebTalk as a public post, it is a post just like a blog post and is searchable within the search engines. If someone clicks the link to read your post, then they’ll be taken to a sign up page with a picture of you showing. If they sign up, then you’ll receive credit for the referral!

How cool is that!

Another feature that really stands out is the ability to have separate newsfeeds and to control what you see on them. I don’t know about any of you, but I personally get annoyed with some aspects of Facebook like lack of control over my newsfeed. It is so annoying that it shows me posts from people I never interact with and yet, it doesn’t show me posts from my closest friends and family until sometimes days after they are posted!

The ability to place values on your contacts so that what you care about most is a truly exciting feature!

Revenue Sharing & Bonus

I mentioned at the beginning WebTalk is a new social media site which has a unique twist to other social media platforms. Well, that twist is they are actually going to share the revenues they earn with the referrals to the network!

During the beta testing phase all referrals, meaning those who joined prior to launch, will earn up to 50% of revenues earned once the platform launches!

The compensation is for 5 tiers. It is set-up similar to an MLM, except that you don’t actually have to pay for anything! It is 100% free to join. There are opportunities to upgrade your account should you choose to, but it isn’t necessary. You will earn compensation for 5 tiers of your down-line just by joining and referring!!

Only those who join in beta phase will be eligible to get the compensation for 5 tiers!

A video from the founder

Join now to secure your spot!

Naturally people will refer others to something they use. We all do it all the time. Hey did you see that new movie? I recently saw Venom at the theater and recommended it to several people…and I didn’t even get paid for it! With WebTalk, you can refer people with your free account and earn money for something you would do anyways.

Join now to get paid for 5 tiers! Those joining after launch are only eligible for paid direct referrals (the first tier).

Free Genealogy Site

Now you are probably wondering how this relates to genealogy. Well the answer is that WebTalk is yet another free platform you can use to research your family history and find people online for free!

Social media is a huge asset for a researcher. I see posts all the time when someone finds a loved one after many years like children that were adopted finding their biological parents through social media.

The power of social media is intense! Use it to your advantage. Use the platform for your research and do what people naturally do and refer others to the site! You can use the public blog post feature to post about relatives you are looking for or genealogy questions and get referrals from people clicking your links.

What do you have to lose? It’s free to join with no credit card information needed. The only catch is that you have to set up your profile 100% in order to be eligible for the revenue sharing program. You have to make sure your profile is set up with accurate information for your work and education, your real name, location, language preference and a little bio about yourself.

For just a few minutes of your time setting up your profile, you could get 50% revenue sharing for life from your referrals and their referrals and so on for 5 whole generations!

What are you waiting for? Click here to go to WebTalk and look for yourself!

How Do You earn Commissions?

You are probably now wondering how exactly you are getting money from a free site. Facebook reported $10 billion in Q3 of 2017 from advertising revenues. WebTalk is setting out to become the next Facebook. When the platform takes off, they are going to share the revenue dollars with those that promote the site and help it grow!

So by referring people to a free account, you’ll earn some money in the process. Sign up and take a look around. See if it is for you or not and if it is, refer your friends and family! Research shows about 1 in 20 people, about 5%, will upgrade to a higher level (paid) account. This means earnings in your pocket!

The picture shows how earnings are made.

WebTalk – The Social Media Site That Pays You To Research!

Join WebTalk and do what you do naturally….socialize online and refer your friends and family. It’s really that simple. Sign up for a free account during beta and get paid for 5 tiers of your down-line. sign up after launch and you’ll still get paid 10% for your direct referrals. It’s a win-win!

You can utilize the website to complete your genealogy research, communicate with friends and relatives, post humorous photos, recipes, etc. and get some spare change to boot!

Sign up for WebTalk today and join me in the platform! We can network together and share our genealogy stories! If you enjoyed this post, please share it to social media with the links below and leave any comments or questions below. I would love to hear your thoughts!

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How To Find A Grave By Name – Online Memorials Make It Easy!

During my genealogy research, I ran across a site called findagrave.com which is an online memorial website allowing anyone to create online memorials. It is a completely free genealogy site! The Find A Grave website allows you to search for and find a grave by name thus making it easy to find graves of your loved one’s! I absolutely love this site and will go over all the reasons why in this post.

Long Distance Tribute To Loved One’s

First of all, findagrave.com was created as a place to remember those who have passed and for this reason alone I love the website. It maybe won’t make sense if you live in the same area your family does and did, but for someone transplanted like me it is an awesome site to be able to visit.

The bulk of my family is in Michigan, but I also have some family in Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, etc. You get the picture. So visiting the graves of all of my loved one’s and family members for any reason is out of the question. I do visit my father’s grave a couple of times a year at least, but to go all over the United States and visit them all would be highly improbable.

Sites like findagrave.com allow you to find a grave by name and store the memorial into a virtual cemetery. That means you have a place to view the memorial and leave flowers in remembrance of your loved one! It also means you have a place to post pictures to remember them by and allow others to view them as well.

Locating The Burial Place Of A Loved One

Another reason why I love findagrave.com is that it gives you the ability to find a grave by name. What I mean by this is that if you are maybe not local to where your loved one is buried and/or just do not know where the burial was done, then with this site you can search by name and the state. It will show results which you can then narrow down to the name that you need.

I recently moved to Wisconsin from Arizona, but like I stated before, the majority of my family is in Michigan. There are a ton of cemeteries in the area where my family is concentrated. With findagrave.com I can find the online memorial and determine which cemetery my loved one is buried in. This is very helpful if you are planning a trip for genealogy reasons to complete research or even just to plan a trip to visit your loved one’s grave.

Research Possibilities

Websites like findagrave.com are also very helpful for the research possibilities they offer to genealogists, even the novices. I should actually say especially the novices! Having a virtual memorial which gives so much information makes performing genealogy searches so much easier!

Take for example my grandparents on my dad’s side…once I found them on the site, I have now found all of their children attached to them (the one’s that have passed).

Rebecca Emily Puckett Coburn

I then would add all of them to the same virtual cemetery with the surname Coburn which is their last name. I now have one place where I can view all of their memorials and each one has a lot of information I can use for my research.

The picture above shows the find a grave memorial for my dad’s mom, Rebecca Emily Puckett Coburn.  As you can see from the arrows, on her memorial you can view her husband’s name (my grandfather) and a list of her deceased children, my aunts and uncles.  There are several more not shown in the picture.  Each name is a link to that person’s memorial!

I think it is really great having all of the family members in one place to view.  People are mostly visual and being able to see the members of the family unit all together helps me with my research particularly with the older generations where I wasn’t alive to know the ancestors.

Downfalls Of Online Memorials

Be wary of these sites though, because the information in them is coming from friends, family, obituaries where the information is coming from the family, etc. In other words, the information may not be 100% accurate.  Inaccuracies could lead you down the wrong path!

When my uncle Lloyd passed away, his wife at the time thought he had a couple of sisters…not 4! My mother and he are twins and she didn’t know that either. She also didn’t know that he had a brother. She made out his obituary without including those people and their families.

Another example I have to share is that one of my aunt’s name is spelled wrong on her grave. No one knows for sure how it is supposed to be spelled. It is actually spelled differently every time I have seen it written. I have another uncle whose grave has the wrong birthday on it. These inconsistencies are the result of the information coming from people and not records.

I am only putting this out there so that you take the information provided on the site with a grain of salt. If inconsistencies are found with a relative of yours, you can send an edit request to the person who created and maintains the memorial to request the changes.

When my dad died, I was actually in the room with him in a hospital in Wisconsin. One of my cousins created his online memorial and added in it that my dad passed away in Michigan (he is buried in Michigan). Inaccuracies do occur, but it is not a huge deal. Just submit an edit request and even if the memorial maintenance person doesn’t respond, it will automatically update the memorial in 21 days.

You can also request to have a memorial transferred to you to maintain, which will keep the original creator of the memorial listed to give them their credit for the creation. If the memorial is related to both the creator and yourself, then the person with 4 or closer generations to the memorial is allowed by the site to maintain the memorial. Most of the time though, I find that the memorial was created by someone not related at all and they typically have no qualms about just transferring the memorial to me.

Final Thoughts

Online memorials are a great way for relatives to remember loved one’s, but are also a great research tool for genealogists. Sites like findagrave.com allow people to search and find a grave by name. This ability helps narrow down search results when performing genealogy searches. The memorials typically have a lot of information on them such as other relatives names, birthdays, deceased family members, location of the grave, etc.

When using the sites like this one, just be careful not to rely solely on the information provided in the memorial because it maybe somewhat inaccurate. While researching my husband’s side, I found his grandmother listed as having his father as her father! Inaccuracies do occur, but the information can be corrected.

Happy searching and remember I am always here to guide you if needed. Please leave any questions or comments below. I look forward to assisting you with your journey in filling out your family tree!

Regards,

Chas Guevara

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Creating A Free Online Family Tree – Is It Really Possible?

Are you just starting out researching your family tree and do not know where to start? Have you been thinking about starting your family research and need a place to start logging information? Well I have an answer for you and it doesn’t even cost one red cent!

Wikitree.com offers one of the completely free genealogy sites I have mentioned before and with this post I will take a closer look at the site and show you what it has to offer. The good, the bad and the ugly so to speak! When I am finished, you’ll know what exactly it takes to create your very own free online family tree.

Wikitree – The Basics

Wikitree is a completely free online family tree and genealogy site. There are other free genealogy sites, but with this post I’ll just concentrate on Wikitree.com to give you a look at what it really has to offer.

First of all, you can create your free account and start making your free online family tree by entering the first person in your family tree….YOU! It all begins with you.

When you go to the Wikitree website, you’ll see this.

Setting Up Your Free Online Family Tree Through Wikitree.com

You’ll first want to sign up for your very own free account by hitting “Get Started (I have marked it with a purple arrow).” As you can see, Wikitree.com has over 18 million profiles within the databases and has contributions from over 560,000 genealogists! That is a lot of possibilities for connections!

The next screen you’ll see, after hitting the “Get Started” link, is this screen:

As you can see, this site is COMPLETELY FREE!! We all like stuff for free and if you’re interested in creating and maintaining your very own free online family tree, then Wikitree is a solution for you.

I already created my own free account a number of years ago so I’m going to go ahead and sign in and show you some benefits of the account.

Getting Started With Your Family Tree

When I’m logged on to my free online family tree account, I see the following picture.

Wikitree The Free online Family Tree

This is an actual picture of my account and you can see a snippet of my very own family tree! There I am at the bottom, Chastity Ann Coburn and my parents above me and then my grandparents on both sides.

The first step, once you set up your free account, is to add yourself, your parents and then your grandparents.

Compiling Information For Your Family Tree

Once you have set your free online account up and added yourself, your parents and your grandparents, you can add any other family members you actually know. Add your aunts and uncles, cousins, your children, etc. This is all time-consuming, but easy. The real fun begins once this is all set up!

After finishing with everyone you know, at least all the people you can connect the dots with, you can start to compile information on those you don’t know.

What I mean, by the people you can connect the dots with, is that you wouldn’t want to add someone you do not know the relation with. I recently came into contact with a member of my family that is in a section of the family which was long-lost when my grandfather moved from Kentucky to Michigan when my dad was young. My grandfather’s siblings remained in Kentucky and had children and their children had children and so on. The result was a whole branch of the family my dad and I didn’t know!

We came into contact with the granddaughter of one of my grandfather’s brothers through Facebook and I knew her name, but not how she was related to me exactly. Of course I knew she was a cousin, just not exactly who her parents are and how she fit into the family tree. So adding her without that information would not have helped at all. I worked backwards starting with what information my dad had on his dad’s brothers and then searched for their children and grandchildren until I figured out exactly how she fit into my family tree, and then I added her!

Researching Your Family Tree

To start researching, you’ll first want to compile as much information as you possibly can. Talk to your older relatives still living. I am at a disadvantage here as many are no longer living and those that are had few memories. But whatever information you are given, write it all down.

Jot down names and nicknames, birthdays, death dates, locations the people lived, etc. Whatever you can find out just jot it all down. Enter into your tree whatever information you can and use that as a basis for research.

In my case, I could only find out my grandparents names, date of births, all of my immediate aunts and uncles names and a lot of their children’s’ names. My grandfather on my dad’s side had 4 children prior to marrying my grandmother and my dad could not remember all of their names. The children were considerably older and were never around my dad and his other siblings very much at all.

It took some time and persistence, but I have found all of their names and located other members of their families for my family tree.

The more information you have the better and easier your research will be. Names and dates help to narrow down similar people within searches so that you can add accurate information to your free online family tree file.


Is Wikitree Right For You?

So is Wikitree the right option for you? That depends on you and what your life looks like. There are other free options out there, as well as paid options. I have used Wikitree personally for some years now and find it helpful. It is relatively user-friendly for computer novices.

I think it is a great starter program for new researchers and a great option for those looking to research for free. It is pretty easy to maneuver and search. I like the way the profile sheets for each individual look. I also like the way it automatically tells you about potential matches within the database when you enter a name. Wikitree is a great option for researching on a budget.

Thank you for reading my post and I look forward to hearing from you with any comments or questions!

Chas Guevara

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How To Search For People For Free – Online Research Made Easy!

Are you looking to find someone and have limited funds? Have you started or are you wanting to start doing genealogy research on your ancestors? If you are you have come to the right place. I have been researching my family history for the last fifteen years and I will share you with some tips on how to search for people for free.

Totally Free Genealogy Sites

I recently wrote a post on totally free genealogy sites which you can read all about here. I will not go into a lot of detail here, but there are many sites online which can be utilized to search for people totally free. I will say my favorite option, which is completely free, would have to be either the LDS website Family Search or WikiTree. Either of these are good options and could be used to create a family tree for free.

Libraries Are A Great Way To Complete Research For Free

Public libraries are a great place to begin research, especially if you live locally to the area your family lived in. Looking over the microfilm is a great way to find information on your ancestors in the old newspaper articles from the area. Also most libraries have genealogy sections with records for ancestry research.

Getting a library card is usually free and researching within a library is free. If you have a library card then you are all set!

Local Records Departments

Another great place to get some information on your family is at churches in the area or civil buildings where records are stored. Churches usually have records on patrons and could be very helpful for your research and records departments can give you certified copies of records for use in your research.

Cemeteries Hold A Wealth Of Information

Visiting cemeteries, in the area your family members would be buried in, is a great way to get information about your ancestors. Recently I was visiting my dad where he is buried in Michigan and, while I have been there several times, I discovered a grave close to his of a family member I did not even know was buried in that cemetery. The headstone gave me quite a bit of information I did not have. I was able to obtain the correct full name of the relative, their date of death and birth, the military status and more!

As I walk through cemeteries, I take my phone out and take pictures of each headstone of my relatives and sometimes a few to make sure I can see everything in the photo. Then, when I am completing my research at home, I enlarge the photos on my computer and can enter all the information from the stones into my family tree profile.

Many headstone list birth and death dates, anniversaries and even children and grandchildrens’ names. I have also found that family members are often buried close to other family members and found relatives in this way. As I walk through the cemeteries, I will also take photos of headstones which share the same surname as the names I am researching. i then see if I can find a family connection.

Social Media Is a Great Free Option For Genealogy Research

The best way I have personally found, on how to search for people for free, is to utilize social media. Everyone has a smartphone these days and that very cellphone opens a whole new method for genealogy research online. You have at your fingertips, a totally free way of finding your relatives.

When I first started out with my genealogy research, I made lists of my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, their kids, my siblings and their kids, and everyone else I could think of. I then asked my parents and compiled all the information into a free genealogy site.

I have since taken this information and I use social media to find my relatives I do not know or haven’t seen in many years. It is fairly simple because I have found most people do not have their profiles as private. scary in this day in age, but true. I take the names of people I know in my family tree that I am connected to on say Facebook and then search through their profiles. I look in the About page for relatives added, schools they attended, locations they lived in, their birthday, and whatever else I can find.

I then add the information into my family tree profile and it gives me so many more clues to search for and the ability to find additional ancestors! Each and every clue is a step closer to finding and filling your family tree and Facebook is free!

Free Resources Are Out There!

There are a lot of ways for how to search for people for free if you are willing to devote some time to the task. Paid sites are easier to maneuver and easier to search, but free methods are available. Searching via social media can be a daunting task, but it gives so much information and also you can have a picture to put to the name!

Having a picture of each relative in my family tree profile helps me keep the people separate in my mind. This is especially helpful when two people, like a father and son, share the same name. having a picture helps me keep them straight. It also adds a very real element to the person, that personal touch.

Other ways of searching for free are libraries, civil records departments, churches, free genealogy sites, and cemeteries. If you have found any other methods for researching your family tree for free, I would love to hear all about it below! I have compiled a list of some free genealogy sites, but if there are others you have tried and liked, please let me know! I will gladly check them out and write about them as well!

I hope you have found this information helpful. Please let me know below if you have any comments or questions. I would love to hear from you!

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Have You Ever Wondered How To Find Your Ancestors For Free? – Totally Free Genealogy Sites

Do you ever wonder where you came from or what your heritage really is? Are you looking for your ancestors or trying to fill in your family tree? Genealogy research can be expensive, but if you are limited on funds or just do not want to spend your hard-earned cash on research, there are ways which answer the question of how to find your ancestors for free.

I have personally used some free databases out there and have done some research to help others out in their quest for finding their family roots for free. I have listed some totally free genealogy sites below.

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Family Search

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has one of the free genealogy sites I have used personally. I am not a huge fan of this site personally, but it does allow you to enter your relatives in and complete searches. I find this one to be a bit cumbersome and isn’t as easy to maneuver as some other sites, but the functionality is there and it is free!

One-Step Web pages by Stephen P. Morse

The One-Step Web pages by Stephen P. Morse allows you to search the databases available for your family members. It is not a site where you can actually form your family tree.

Online Genealogical Index

The Online Genealogical Index is also a site simply for completing searches. This free genealogy site only has information for Wales, the Isle of Man and England in it. It is great for searching for relatives in those locations.

Find A Grave

Find A Grave is a free genealogy site which is a virtual cemetery. It contains grave and death information on a tremendous amount of people and new records are being added all the time. It is a really great resource.

This site allows people to sign up for their local area as a contributor and then those contributors can take pictures at local cemeteries. The photos submitted are theirs alone for one week. Provided the contributor transcribes the photos within 1 week, the memorials created by the pictures are going to be in that person’s profile to manage.

Having a virtual memorial for your loved ones is a really neat thing to have for people who are a great distance from where their loved ones are buried or even for people who were cremated. My uncle Lloyd was created and his ashes were spread in a location my family had never seen. My family has nowhere to go to remember my uncle and having the online memorial is strangely comforting. Knowing there is a place where my uncle can be remembered is important to the family.

But the primary reason Find A Grave is so great is that it allows family researchers access to a wealth of information about their loved ones. When the memorials are linked by parents, spouses and children, they show you relatives of the deceased. It makes finding the siblings, parents and spouses so much easier. Find A Grave is one of the really useful free genealogy sites available and definitely a must for any researcher to check out.

If you have any spare time, I recommend signing up to contribute photos and create memorials. It is comforting to help other researchers and in turn, others will help you out as well. You can request a grave site photo if you are not local to the cemetery and you need it for your research. I am signed up as a contributor for the Stephens Point/Plover, Wisconsin area.

Public Libraries

Many public libraries have genealogy sections and databases for research. In Wisconsin if you have a library card, you can access the BadgerLink system online for researching your family tree for free.

Another great public library resource is the LDS Genealogy and Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The library is completely free to use and contains records from many countries. The collection held by the library is growing at a rapid rate and was originally started in 1894 as a means for LDS church members to research their families. It has become a very popular tourist attraction for people all over looking to do their own free genealogy research.

Wikitree.com

Wikitree.com is another free genealogy site I have personally used. I started compiling all of my ancestry information on this free genealogy site. The site is fairly easy to use and has a pretty good community.  Read all about WkiTree in my review.

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is actually a very well-known genealogy site which is a paid site. However, you can utilize their databases without having a paid subscription. After switching over to using Ancestry.com for my complete family tree file, I came upon a time when I was unable to pay for the paid subscription and had to cancel my Ancestry account. After canceling I was no longer able to follow the hints Ancestry provides (the little green leaves). I was able to use the site to edit my family tree and also to search manually for ancestors and records.

Ancestry has a very wide range of records including census files, marriage, death and birth records, address information, and so much more. It is well worth the paid subscription, but in a pinch could be used without the paid subscription.

I now have my complete family tree on Ancestry.com and have the all access paid subscription. This is my personal choice to be able to have access to the leaves, but the site is very useful even without that ability. The collections Ancestry.com are really great.

Free Genealogy Sites

There are so many totally free genealogy sites available, but those I have listed are all useful and free. Any of them would help family tree researchers with their research and would be an asset. Having a place to compile your family tree is important, but make sure you have a back-up as I have heard some researchers say their research was lost in full or part. I would recommend printing out family profile pages and keeping them in a safe place.

I hope you have found this information to be helpful to you. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments below. I look forward to helping you with your journey to discover your family roots.

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