My great-great-great grandmother Louise Thérèse G.
You may have noticed I've been missing online lately. It's because I've been doing family history. Lately indexing old records and searching for my ancestors has been more exciting to me than blogging.
Here are my favorite resources:
- New FamilySearch for keeping track of my family tree. This site, sponsored by the LDS church, allows you to sign in and enter your own ancestors (you don't have to be a member to use it). If you're lucky, you'll tie into a large family tree within a few generations. I love how we can all help each other and work together using this program.
- FamilySearch for looking for ancestors. More information is being added all the time via the indexing project I linked to above.
- Ancestry.com for looking for ancestors. This site is the best resource for indexed, searchable records, especially within the United States. The downside is that you have to pay to access most of them, and it's not cheap. In my family, my mom has a subscription, and we ask her to do searches for us.
- Archives de France for looking for French ancestors, especially if you have approximate dates and locations to begin with. The page that I've linked to is just a big list of links to the different départements and communes who have their records online. They're not all searchable, but the records are so well kept and have handwritten yearly and ten-year indexes, so it's really not so bad after you get used to things.
It was really overwhelming at the beginning, because there's so much to find out, and the family gets so very big the farther back you go. It helped me a lot when my mom assigned me a specific line to narrow things down.
It seems so often that I'm stuck and there's nothing more I can do, and then I'll go and click around in my family tree a bit and find a different branch with a lead that I can work on. That's why it's so addicting to me: there's always something more to do.
Do you do family history? What resources do you use?