Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

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lostinjersey
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Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by lostinjersey » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:43 pm

Hi all,

I'm starting to research my family tree and discovering a whole, huge world out there. I'm wondering if there are any Bogleheads who are also into genealogy and have found helpful resources as they learn the ropes. I have an ancestry.com account and have poked around a little, but really am looking for more structured references. I'd love a 'Genealogy 101' class if there was such an animal online; I feel like I need help organizing my research, knowing how to find documents, what I really need to prove a relationship, etc. etc. etc. Basic stuff. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by Typ997S » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:57 pm

familysearch.org, run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormons), is an incredibly powerful site, for both researching and building your family tree. The price is very Boglehead friendly: free!

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by chw » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:59 pm

Typ997S wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:57 pm
familysearch.org, run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormons), is an incredibly powerful site, for both researching and building your family tree. The price is very Boglehead friendly: free!
+1

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by Dasnyc » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:52 pm

chw wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:59 pm
Typ997S wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:57 pm
familysearch.org, run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormons), is an incredibly powerful site, for both researching and building your family tree. The price is very Boglehead friendly: free!
+1
I have used both ancestry and familysearch.org extensively. Both are excellent resources.

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by lthenderson » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:26 pm

Ancestry Academy (under the Extras tab at the top left of their homepage), has lots of videos to get you started. You can also sign up for an email newsletter which they send out once a week often with videos, helpful tips about a particular record set, etc. If you go to their community pages, you can ask questions about an ancestor who lived in a particular country, state, county etc, you can click to the proper forum and I've always found people willing to help out there.

More locally, look up your local genealogy society where you live. Everywhere I have lived there has been one that usually meets monthly and you can get all kinds of help organizing records, documentation, etc from people who have "been there done that" for sometimes decades.

If you are into DNA ancestry, try the search bar to this forum as there are a couple good old posts on here as well on that subject.

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by InMyDreams » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:52 pm

Focusing on getting started:
Familysearch's wiki:
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Fa ... _Beginners

Another website that I like:
https://www.familytreeforum.com/content ... ng-Started

The latter has a lot of people who know what they're doing and have great advice. Many are in the UK, but they tackle genealogical problems from most any place.

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Post by Watty » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:34 am

The LDS church has family history centers that you can go to if there is one near you.

https://www.familysearch.org/locations/

I have gone to one near me several times and they have been helpful even though I am not Mormon and that has not even come up.

I have also been very happy with the RootsMagic software and they have a free version(not a temporary trial) that you can download. It has most of the functionality of their paid version and it will interface well with both Ancestery.com and Familysearch.org. I ended up getting the paid version and it only cost around $50 so it is not a big deal if you decide to upgrade to that.

https://www.rootsmagic.com/

I keep my family tree on my PC in the RootsMagic software so that I could let my Ancestery.com account expire once I got through my initial research.

My public library has a library subscription to Ancestery.com so I can take my laptop into the library and use Ancestery.com for free. The library version has some restrictions and is not exactly the same but it may be useful enough for you.

A few tips that I have learned the hard way;

One thing to be aware of is that most of the family trees on places like Ancestry.com have lots of errors and misinformation. They can be great for getting leads but verify everything before you include it in your family tree. You will often see a dozen family trees with the same misinformation just because they have been copied from each other. Seeing it multiple times does not make it right.

At least in my family they really reused names a lot so that you might not only have a father and son that are named John Minor but also three cousins in the same county that are also named John Minor. Be very careful about that.

There have been threads about the pros and cons of getting your DNA tested so be sure to research that before your do it since it can lead to problems. So far I have decided not to get my DNA tested. The ethnic background they come up with is also not nearly as accurate as the companies would lead you to believe.

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by LittleGreenSoldiers » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:48 am

Ancestry.com = Worlds largest volunteer DNA database.
Facebook.com = Worlds largest facial recognition platform.

Choose wisely. Your mileage may vary.

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by stickman731 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:53 am

From a forum perspective, the two best sites for genealogy posting, comments and collaboration are Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Genealogy/)
and the Italian Genealogy Forum (https://www.italiangenealogy.com/forum? ... 0864bb01d5).

With respect to the Italian Genealogy Forum, it is moderated and your first post needs approval before it will appears - depending the time of year it may take a day or two (so keep the first one short and sweet). All subsequent posts will appear immediately.

There are also numerous groups on Facebook (https://moonswings.files.wordpress.com/ ... l-2018.pdf) but I find these to be hit or miss and not moderated well going off on tangents sometimes political.

On courses check out FamilySearch Wiki (https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Main_Page) and find a Family History Center near you (https://www.familysearch.org/locations/). The staff can be quite helpful but I have heard it varies. The two in NJ that I have used (Eatontown and Union City) are very helpful.

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Post by Steelersfan » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:04 am

I've been doing genealogy for 40 years, head up the local genealogy society, and volunteer at the local Family History Center. As mentioned anyone is welcome to use the FamilySearch site and come to a Family History Center for personal assistance.

https://www.familysearch.org/locations/

There are hundreds of sites with genealogy information, but the three best that I use all the time:

Ancestry.com (access is free at many public libraries)
FamilySearch.org (free to use at any PC in the world)
Google.com - Google finds everything not stored in a database. Put their name in quotes and the place(s) they lived (city or county/state).

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by BL » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:17 am

Start gathering info on nearest ancestors and work back. Once you have what you can get on US data, go toward the country of origin. Some countries have more than others online. Norwegians, for example, have a lot online and organizations that concentrate on genealogy (search for "fellesraad" for list of Norwegian-American interest groups for various parts of Norway, including books showing who lived on various farms.) Facebook even has some helpful groups.

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Re: Bogleheads-type forum for Genealogy Research?

Post by packerguy » Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:01 am

Rootsweb is another source where you can search trees that have been uploaded to the site for free.
The advanced search is here:
https://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi

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