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!
Family History Research Services
Org4life Blog Posts
Are we all descended from royalty?
Hit a brick wall? 20 reasons why you can’t find your ancestor
Climbing your never-ending family tree
What’s a photo without the story?
How to organize your family tree at any budget
Top 10 Reasons Why Genealogy is for Everybody!
The Gift of an Organized Family Tree
Puzzling Out Your Family History
Mother’s Day — Gifts I Got from Mom
Who Do You Think You Look Like?
Family history: How to organize your genealogy research materials
Family history: Why organize it if you don’t care about genealogy?
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.)
Southern California Genealogy Society
There are way too many to list! But you should know about…
DIY Family Website
The Next Generation (TNG) — This is the program I used to build my Thornton Family History page on this website. (I’m not saying it was easy.)
The Best DNA Test For Ancestry (2020) — Dan Miller (detailed comparisons)
PLEASE NOTE: 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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You are my genealogy rock star! You’ve inspired and educated me more than you can imagine. Thank you so much for this roundup – I’ve pinned it to my Family History board.
Love knowing I’ve inspired you!
Wow, and this isn’t exhaustive! There sure are a lot of resources out there for folks who want to explore their ancestry. It is such a fun hobby for the inquisitive and tenacious. I agree with Janet – you are my genealogy rock star!
Genealogy rock star — I’ll take it!