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.

Family History Research by Kerry Farmer – Australia

This site by Australian professional genealogist Kerry Farmer details courses she runs, has resources to assist you with family history research, a of list family names she is researching plus information on her publications. The family history research blog has…

FamilySearch Newsroom

Newsroom is a dynamic source for news and what’s new in family history records, products, services, technology, classes and events. It features Collections Update, In the Blogs, Featured Articles, FamilySearch Spotlight and In the News.

Family Research 2016 – Ireland

Family Research 2016. This website and workbook has been created by the National Archives of Ireland to help you find your ancestors online. There is a workbook, detailed guides to the different kinds of records, case histories and targeted tasks,…

The Genetic Genealogist Blog

This blog examines the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research. The blog also explores the latest news and developments in the related field of personal genomics. New


FamilySearch is the family history site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It offers free access 8+ billion searchable names and 3.2+ billion digitised records worldwide. Resources include FamilySearch Catalog; FamilySearch Digital Library with 500,000+ digitised books…

FamilySearch Place Research Tool

This new tool has replaced the Place Standard Finder and performs the same functionality and more. It provides access to standardized information about locations and can assist researchers in searching for exact spellings, checking whether locations exist, as well as…

FamilySearch – Family History Research Wiki

The Family History Research Wiki has information for 244 countries. You can search by place, or topic, or just click on a region on the map and browse. If you click on All countries they are displayed in alphabetical order.…