Begin your family history

Family History Help – If you are new to family history start with one of the family history guides listed or contact your local family history society or library. It is important to understand one of the fundamental rules of genealogical research. Begin with yourself and work back generation by generation documenting the relationships as you go. Please remember that genealogical information found on the Internet and elsewhere should always be crosschecked with the original source documents or records wherever possible.

Internet Help – If you are new to computers and/or the Internet use one of the online tutorials listed in this category to help you learn how to use the Internet efficiently so that you can tackle family history research online.

FamilySearch Blog

This blog highlights, and explains how to use, other genealogical resources that are accessible from the FamilySearch site. The Blog is arranged by the following categories: • Education and Learning• What’s New at FamilySearch?• Heritage and Culture• Records and Research•…

The Genealogy Guide

Offers basic beginners advice for family history research in the UK.

Looking @2.0 – A Users Guide to Online Technology

This free, online course presented by the State Library of Queensland, is designed to help you navigate through the world of online technologies. The new, updated course is broken down into eleven modules, each focusing on a theme. Each module…


These easy to use tutorials, by the Ohio State University Libraries, cover basic Internet tools such as Web browsers and email plus a section on research techniques.

Glossary of Internet Terms

A comprehensive alphabetical list of Internet terms by Matisse Enzer. This glossary is useful for beginners but also for experienced users.


A mailing list for people of all ages who would like help learning to use the Internet and/or computers for genealogy in a safe environment, without being made to feel stupid. If you do not want to subscribe to this…

A Few Scanning Tips

These tips by Wayne Fulton explains the basics for scanning photographs and documents.