Genealogy Prompt 6: Set Up a Private Family Tree for Research

Browsing public family trees online can be exciting. You might suddenly come across a treasure trove of information about one of your ancestors — their parents’ names, other children, or even further generations back. But that doesn’t mean making your own working tree public is a good idea. In fact, it’s much wiser to keep … Read more

Backing Up Your Genealogy Records

This might be a quick and common sense tip for most folks who regularly work on family history research, but I was reminded of something today — you absolutely must back up your genealogy research. I learned this lesson the hard way when I was just a teenager. I started climbing my family tree when I was … Read more

Where to Start Your Free Ancestry Search

Are you new to researching your family history? If so, you’ve probably been in this situation at least once: you found a family history research site, you ran what looked like a free ancestry search, and then you were told that the site found results for your ancestors. “Awesome!” you probably thought. But wait. Then … Read more

Ancestry Offers Free Access to 1 Billion New Family History Records – Limited Time

Just a quick announcement. Ancestry is running a limited time promotion through the weekend (ending at midnight, September 1, 2014) with free access to over a billion new global records. As an added perk, you don’t need to enter a credit card to access these records during this promotion (though that’s a requirement for the standard … Read more