How To Begin Your Family Research

How to Trace Your Family Tree
Suggestions for the beginning researcher

Compiling an Oral Family History
Suggestions for gathering information through interviewing.

Primer on Emigration and Immigration
Distinguishes between immigration and emigration; finding ship’s lists and naturalization records.

Genealogy Research in the National Archives: Getting Started
The Archives’ guide to researching their holdings, including census, military, and land records, and ships’ lists.

Arkansas Research—and More
Based on Allen’s Beginner’s Guide to Family History Research; useful to anyone, not just Arkansans.

FamilySearch (LDS/Mormon)
A series of lessons provided by this leader in the field of family research.

Tutorials from
Tutorials on a variety of subjects, such as immigration, civil registrations, and research on the Internet.

Genealogy Learning Center
Learn how to find types of records online, then apply to your family.

RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees
Over 30 tutorials, plus information on ethnic communities.

Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy
Getting Started with Genealogy — Everything You Need to Know

Forms to record research
Family Group Sheet

Family Search (LDS/Mormons)
A variety of forms from FamilySearch.

Family Tree Magazine
A particularly large variety of forms.
Pedigree chart.

Free Genealogy Forms and Charts
Another large variety of forms, including other countries.

Cyndi’s List
LINKS to sources of forms


Polish Heraldry
Crash course in Polish heraldry

Polish Heraldry and Nobility
A brief introduction

Russian College of Heraldry
An overview of the re-established College.

Titled Families of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
An introduction, with a listing of key names.