Monday, January 18, 2016

Where to Start Your Genealogy in 2016

I was reading a post on a website the other day from someone who wanted to know more about their past. The person was upset that they didn't know anything about their family or where they came from. They wanted to be able to tell their children where their family was from but knew nothing about genealogy.

If you are able to read this then you can work on your family history. Their is some to learn, but if you take your time and gather some facts, you might be surprised what you can find online. Nope, it's not all on the internet, but a lot of good information is.

The best advice I can give to someone who has no genealogy background and wants to learn is to either join your local genealogy society or hire a professional to work with you or consult on an as needed basis to help you learn how to discern from the flood of information you are soon bound to discover.

If you would like some help finding a genealogy society in your area, shoot me an email and I'll see if I can't refer you to a local society.

If you'd like some help getting started; consider hiring me or another genealogist to work with you for a set period of time just to get you pointed in the right direction!

The final word: Genealogy can cost money. Some genealogy websites charge membership fees, Genealogy societies charge for memberships. Genealogy researchers charge $25 an hour or more. In the Boston area, Genealogy Researchers are in the $35 plus range. Some charge upwards of $100 an hour for their expertise.

My advice? Keep it simple. Work within your budget. Learn as you go. Have fun!

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