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Monday, June 14, 2010

Try Online Message Boards and Forums!

Online message boards and forums are a great way to let the world know that you are researching a particular family, and it is also a great way of finding out if someone else is doing similar research to yourself.

RootsWeb have a fantastic message board system with over 17 million posts on over 160,000 boards.

You can also try Genealogy.com runs a genealogy forum which is definitely worth checking out!

Again I won't go through a long list of links, as it is easy to just do a Google search on "genealogy message boards" to find some great ways of giving your research a real big boost!

This method really is a great way of getting your message out to the world, and of finding people with similar research goals.

Until next time!

All the best,
Peter Annett

Monday, June 7, 2010

Land Titles - Another Great Resource to Use!

Land records can be used to establish where a person lived and when they actually lived there. This type of information is a fantastic genealogical resource, when combined with other records you have. You can discover when ownership of land changed hands and learn about the early settlement schemes that were in place. You will discover who had gold leases during the various gold rushes, also if someone received land via the many returned soldier settlement schemes.

You will certainly find this a most interesting avenue of genealogical research into your family history. Below are some links you can use to discover more about land records:-

In the USA I would suggest that you go to Cyndi's List Land Records and look up the links which relate to your specific location and also Ancestry.com.

Canada, UK and Australia you can also go to Cyndi's List Land Records, but also check out our friends at Ancestry for further information.

Again if you don't find what you are looking for try a google search. Always try to get the information for free if possible, before resorting to a paying option.

Talk to you again soon.

Peter Annett

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Check Your Local Genealogical Society!

Your local genealogical society can be another good source of useful information. You may find that historical information you are looking for has already been collected and documented by them. In any case it is a good idea to visit them and explain who you are and what you are looking for, you will usually find they are willing to offer some assistance.

Many genealogical societies are now accepting submissions of family history as well as the local history of the area.

I would even suggest that you join the local genealogical society, as it is a great way to find out about the history of the area and the people who lived there. You will also gain valuable training in genealogical research which will assist you greatly in the future. It is also a great way to meet new people and make new friends who share an interest in genealogy.

You will generally find that a genealogical society will make any new member most welcome, and that they will be looking forward to your input of new ideas.

A great example of the kind of information that a genealogical society can have is at Ballarat Genealogy , a huge amount of work has gone into creating this wonderful database of information, I can even find my own name there when I do a search!. Well done to Daryl Povey and his team at Ballarat Genealogy. If you have a genealogical society and have yet to get it online in a website, you will get some fantastic ideas by looking at what they have done.

I hope you are continuing to enjoy your family history and genealogy research.

Until next time.

Peter Annett