Surname Index Search Site Research Assistance Eaton Blaschko Pereira Cardozo Shaughnessy Wilson

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Beginning Genealogy Research


I can tell you from 22 plus years experience gong back before Rootsweb and Ancestry were online or when the World Wide Web began, how to start, what software to use, Free or Paid Membership sites to join/Use.

I help on an average of 100 researchers each year of Rootsweb mailing lists & this site.

There are many questions to ask yourself, so you are not wasting precious research time looking to find all the right sites.  It can be very overwhelming, and presuming you know how to navigate the web, use a computer, how to organize files & images, etc.

Some of those I have assisted have limited computer skills who find Research frustrating, time consuming, and overwhelming.  I have over 30 years experience with computers, software, hardware, the Internet/WWW and more.

I currently use FTM (Family Tree Maker), and believe me from using Family Origins 1992, RootsMagic since 2002, PAF 5, and older versions of FTM  over the years...FTM 2010 was an awesome change, FTM 2012 even better and now I use FTM 2014...


...For those wishing to use the Freebie s PAF-5 (Personal Ancestral File), I have PAF5EnglishSetup.exe (9.62MB) I can let you use or you can search the Internet for the same program or go to CNET > Personal Ancestral File


Note: read about PAF - has been discontinued by FamilySearch downloads and support for PAF end JULY 15, 2013 and Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Is Discontinued.


I am partial to FTM2012 & 2014, because this software synchronizes with your Personal Public or Private Tree with membership, and locates Document Records & Record Indexes as suggested relevant to the Data of your Ancestor's you have input in the progam.


Begin with the basic's as you can always export as a GEDCOM format of your lineage and Import into another Genealogy programs of today as Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, RotsMagic, Family Tree Heritage, Ancestrak Quest, The Master Genealogist (TMG), Family Historian, Brother's Keeper, Heredis, WinFamily > Genealogy Software Review

I can also share with you a site that has been paramount in my research over Rootsweb or any other Genealogy web site, even Ancestry . com.   Because not even the best Genealogy Website can unlock the hardest of takes being in the Genealogy Trenches of Research (as I call it) to find records not available online.

Listen to all the advice by others, and come to your own conclusions.  But again, there are some very basic questions to ask yourself do not want to become discouraged and give up.


To view Tutorials of how FTM works, can save you time, and even money visit Family Tree Maker by Ancestry . com or begin with the FTM Tour


Remember Our Ancestor's never gave up...they forged ahead...wishing you the best in your endeavors, it is a very rewarding road, trail, ride into the past and into the future, as you may meet new Cousin's, Nephew's, Niece's, Aunt's & Uncle's and more.

If you wish to begin this Journey, let me be of assistance....Doc - E-mail  - Accolade of What Others Have to Say




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