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•…

Midwest Genealogy Center – Missouri USA

The Midwest Genealogy Center is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system which has a long history of providing outstanding genealogy resources. It is based in Missouri, United States and offers free access to a variety of useful charts and…

RootsWeb Guides

This site features over thirty guides for family history 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.