When researching your family tree, it is very important to have a suitable method to record and sort the information and photos that you obtain.
There are many programs and sites out there but I am most familiar with Ancestry and Family Tree Maker
|My mothers ancestors (family tree) on ancestry.com|
The Family Tree Maker program, which included a free trial to Ancestry.com, was initially a gift from my husband, who wanted to make things easier for me and reduce the amount of paper records that were lying around the house. It worked!
Initially, I used the free subscription to get me started but did not initially renew when it expired. I started my research on the cheap, using only free websites, but soon realised that paying for subscriptions and certificates reaped better and more comprehensive information.
Now I choose to use Family Tree Maker by Ancestry. Not only because I am familiar with the program but because Ancestry is the world's leading provider of genealogy research and records. (Please note I am not affiliated with the company in any way).
- Billions of records from around the world
- Easy to use
- Tutorials and research guides available
- Ability to synchronise Internet Tree with Family Tree Maker
- Having an offsite back-up of research information and photos
- Ability to connect to family members and those researching the same families
- Provides regular hints, making it easy to find new information
- Ability to have a "Public" and/or "Private" tree
- Many family trees have wrong information as facts have not been verified. Use trees as a guide but don't rely on the information. Verify with certificates (my next post).
My Tip: Just make a start! Talk to your family and obtain as much information about your family as you possibly can, then begin a family tree on ancestry.com. Very quickly your tree will have grown many branches!
This is the first of my posts in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. Over the month of April, I will be making a daily post (except Sunday's) about my favourite websites for family history research.
I would also like to thank Arlee for starting the Blogging from A - Z Challenge.
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