How To Begin Your Family Research

Internal Links: Sources Created

within PGSA for Getting Started

Frequently Asked Questions
Common questions of the beginning researcher

How to Trace Your Family Tree
Suggestions for the beginning researcher

Brief Guide to Getting Started in Genealogy
Basics of genealogical research; how PGSA can help

Moving On: More Advanced Topics

Genealogical Hints
A potpourri of tips from experienced genealogists

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

A Guide to Cheapskate Copyright Law
A lawyer introduces copyright law, with implications for genealogists.

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

Military Links and Record Sources
A list of online links to records of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy

EXTERNAL LINKS: Sources Created Outside PGSA
How to Guides

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.