Are you ready to explore your family history?
Here are some genealogy resources to help you get started!
This list is by no means exhaustive! It’s mostly a list of websites and tools I use myself. If you want exhaustive, check out Cyndi’s List below. I have used Cyndi’s List since its inception in 1996, and got to meet Cyndi Ingle in person when she came to visit the New Mexico Genealogical Society a few years ago.
Please let me know if you find something here that helps you!
Org4life Blog Posts
Programs for Your Computer
Family Tree Maker (the one I use)
(There are more programs, of course, but these two are very popular and they both sync with Ancestry.)
Free Research Websites
Albuquerque Public Library Genealogy Center (Check your local library!)
Paid Research Websites
Tools & Forms
Family Group Sheet (Ancestry)
Ancestry Clutter Flow Chart (Org4life)
DNA Match Chart (“The Green One”)
Handwriting Helps (Family Search)
Books (other people’s)
Official Guide to Ancestry.com, 2nd edition — George G. Morgan
The Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics To Find Your Family History — Henrietta M. Christmas & Paul F. Rhetts
Blogs (other people’s)
Organize Your Family History — Janine Adams
Modern Genealogy Made Easy — Amy Johnson Crow
Are You My Cousin? — Lisa Lisson
Podcasts (other people’s)
The Genealogy Guys — George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
Generations Cafe — Amy Johnson Crow
Getting to Good Enough — Janine Adams and Shannon Wilkinson (episode 20 is specifically about Genealogy)
The Barefoot Genealogist — Ancestry’s Crista Cowan (series)
An Introduction: Genealogical Proof Standard — Ancestry
Is Everyone a Descendant of Royalty? — UsefulCharts
The Genealogy Squad — George G. Morgan & Drew Smith (The Genealogy Guys), Cyndi Ingle (Cyndi’s List), Cari A. Taplin (Genealogy Pants)
(There are Facebook groups for every ethnicity, religion, surname, timeframe, and location you can imagine. Just search for them.)
(These annual events offer both in-person and virtual sessions.)
(Some are free to everyone when presented live, and then if you want access to the archives you need to be a member.)
There are way too many to list! But you should know about…
DIY Family Website
The Best DNA Test For Ancestry (2020) — Dan Miller (detailed comparisons)
This is the blog post version of a living document on my website of the same name, Genealogy Resource Roundup. <– Check there for updates!
What are YOUR favorite genealogy resources? I’d love to know!
Please share them with us in the comments below.
They can be the same ones I’ve listed or different ones.
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