Photo of a family from the 1900sResearch your genealogy by using the free library resources available to you below. Before you dig in, here are a few things to remember:

                          • Spelling names correctly or consistently was not overly important to our ancestors. Think of every possible way that a name could be spelled, and check them all. Also try searching last name first AND first name first.
                          • Research siblings, too. You never know when you’ll find a record for one of them that connects to more information on the whole family.
                          • Interview your living relatives ASAP!
                          • Remember that borders changed frequently. Check Google historical timelines and histories of your ancestors’ countries.
                          • Document your sources – this will not only help prove your information, but keep you from searching the same place more than once.
                          • Just because it’s on the Internet, doesn’t mean it’s true. It’s best to find more than one resource for your “facts”. But, DO record approximate dates, i.e. “ab. 1904” or “May 1905” until you have a solid, real date.
                          • Printable forms can be downloaded from Ancestry and Cyndi’s List.