May 30th, 2011 at 3:03 pm (Articles)
Now days there are many ways to research family lines anywhere in the world. It has gotten so much easier. To start just go to your local library and check out the great materials available. Genealogy is now the third top hobby in America and it is growing all around the world. It is exciting to see so many people coming together to make our work faster and easier.
Although research for overseas can be a little trickier. The language barriers alone can make you scratch your head. Take your time and document your sources as you go. That was you can check back if something seem amiss later.
For translations you might try: Google Translate http://translate.google.com/
Many of the self-help books will give you ideas of what to try next, how to find where to write for those all important records.
Here are a few titles to try:
In Search of Your European Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in Every Country in Europe by Angus Baxter
Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage by Linda Jonas & Paul Milner.
In search of your German roots: a complete guide to tracing your ancestors in the Germanic areas of Europe 4th edition by Baxter, Angus, 1912-
A genealogist’s guide to discovering your immigrant & ethnic ancestors : how to find and record your unique heritage by Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo, 1956-
Family ties in England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland: sources for genealogical research
by Reid, Judith P.
Jewish roots in Poland: pages from the past and archival inventories
by Weiner, Miriam.
How to trace your Native American Heritage (VHS) by Heape, Steven R.
On the internet
On the internet there are sites added daily. By entering a basic search such as, “Scottish genealogy” or “Scotland and genealogy”. Take a look at the “hits” and see what might work for you. A word of caution, there are sites that will do look-ups for free, but many from overseas are a subscription site.
One of my favorite sites for an overall look is Cyndi’s List. This is one of best sites around. Cyndi Howell and her staff do a great job. They have created several lists where you can simply click on the country you wish to research. If you have not tried her site yet, you should take the time to “play” and familiarize yourself with all this site offers.
Best of Luck with your search!