Goal 1: Get help with your own family history work. Vault
Although The Family History Guide has a wealth of resources and tasks to work on, there are times when you need some personal assistance with challenges in your family history. This goal points you in the right directions.
AFind and access Findmypast help resources for your family history questions.
- In the top menu, click Help and select "Expert advice" for tips on using different types of records.
- In the top menu, click Help and select "Frequently Asked Questions". You can select a category form the left, or type your question and click Search. You can also click the "contact customer services" link for more help.
- In the top menu, click Help and select "Top Tips" for a variety of suggestions on research techniques.
BGet help for your own research tasks.
C(Optional) Explore the resources at a family history center.
- Visit a local family history center and talk with a volunteer. These services are free to all. To find a list of nearby family history centers, click here. To find a family history center anywhere in the world, click here.
- Use the free Premium website offerings at a family history center. These include full access to Ancestry, Findmypast.com, Findmypast.com and others. See the full list of premium sites available at each family history center.
Goal 2: Get involved with genealogical societies for information and support.
Genealogy societies publish magazines, offer support groups, and provide a wealth of family history information.
AFind genealogical societies in the United States.
BFind international genealogical societies.
- Explore the FGS website (Federation of Genealogical Societies) for information about societies.
- See a list of genealogy societies on the Ancestry site.
- Refer to the "Get Help" goals in most of the Project 4 Country Pages for information about genealogy societies and social media groups for specific countries.
- See Project 4: Discover, Goal 1, Choice D for tips on writing to individuals and organizations for genealogy help.
Goal 3: Collaborate with others doing family history work. Vault
Working with others helps you get more done on your own work, as well as giving you the chance to help others. In the process, your data usually becomes more reliable, and you may form lasting friendships with those you partner with in family history.
AShare your family history efforts.
BWork with others on family history.
- Working with others requires planning. Make sure to divide up tasks and keep up communication to avoid duplicate efforts.
- Get family members or friends involved in collecting memories (photos, documents, stories, etc.) to be uploaded to Findmypast.
- Divide up family lines for research, to avoid duplication of effort.
- Keep each other informed about progress achieved as well as roadblocks that remain.
- Get help from others online who are researching the same names. Watch this video for tips.
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- Study these resources for additional ideas about working with others on family history.
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- Watch this video to learn how you can use descendancy research to find distant cousins who may want to help you with your research.
- Join the RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) to keep in touch with others who are researching the same surnames as you are.
- * Good: Identify one or two collaborators for your family history work. Contact them and get started with your collaborative research.
- * Proficient: Same as above, with at least 5 collaborators.
- Discuss ways to collaborate with others on family history. Have students take notes on families, friends, or others to collaborate with.
COrganize or participate in family gatherings that promote family history.
DJoin an online user group or forum for a genealogy website.
Here are some noted user groups and online communities for genealogy and family history:
- Post your genealogy queries on CousinConnect.com to get assistance from other researchers. You can also browse queries by country, region, or surname.
- Explore the GenForum Message Board for answers to questions.
- On Facebook, contact the RootsMagic user group or the Legacy Family Tree user group for answers to questions on their respective software versions.
- Have students explore the links and make note of which user groups they might be interested in joining.
ECreate or join a family association.
Goal 4: Get help with your Findmypast tree, or help another Findmypast user.
Creating an organized and published history of your family can be an inspiration for generations to come. You can publish it online or in printed format, and there are many good examples of published family histories you can draw on for ideas.
AExplore help resources in Findmypast.