For People Who Just Want to Find Their Ancestors
Why My Story Will Surprise You…
And How After What Seemed To Be An Endless
4 Month Struggle, I Finally Learned How to
Research My Family Tree
If you’re thinking about signing up with Ancestry.com or MyHeritage I’m extremely relieved that you’ve found my page.
Not only will my story surprise you, it’ll almost certainly save you money, time, as well as a lot of frustration and heartache.
I will tell you exactly why over a 4 month period I tried but was forced to give up on Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, and other “Pay to Play” genealogy websites… and how I finally managed to find my ancestors and complete a wonderful family tree.
Updated: February 3, 2009
From: Chris Clegg, 6:15 AM
My name is Chris Clegg and like so many people who have started to reach a certain level of maturity and age, I spent months desperately trying to figure out how to research my ancestors and make a family tree.
I had never done any serious genealogy research online or offline but needed to have something organized that I could gift to my children.
I Started With Ancestry.com
It seemed to be the most popular place to go to learn how to make a family tree. They were expensive, too expensive, and when I signed up and started to type in my family name, people came up in the search results that I knew were not my ancestors. Money wasted.
I Then Turned To MyHeritage.com
They also cost money but not as expensive. However, I had the same problem. I would put in the names I knew and MyHeritage.com would either ask me to enter information I didn’t have or suggest people I really didn’t think where my ancestors.
I realized then and there that I’d have to learn how to research my family tree on my own.
That is exactly what I did.
I bought books, read guides, spent countless hours online and in the library to learn how to make and properly research a family tree.
I wrote it all down so I could share it with others. Let me tell you about it.
If you truly want to master the art of how to make a family tree,
in no time at all… then this is going to be the most
exciting message you ever read.
Could this happen to you? Yes, it could!
Imagine being able to start your family tree research today, before you go to bed tonight. You can definitely do that.
Imagine knowing of exactly what you needed to do. (Some genealogists can easily find several ancestor in one night. Not bad for just one night, huh?)
I’ve written an easy to understand, clear, step-by-step guide that I highly suggest you use to to get started with your genealogy research projects. I absolutely guarantee that you’ll complete at family tree and have a thorough understanding of how genealogy research works.
Six chapters of clear instructions on exactly how to search for your ancestors (online and off):
Using This Guide
• Additional resources
Chapter 1: Getting Started
(Learn Exactly How to Get Things Started)
• Short Introduction
• Paperwork in Order
• Family Interviews
• Initial Databases
• Government Sources
• Leaning on Others
• References/ Action items
Chapter 2: How to Complete a Family Tree Chart
(Learn The Mechanics and What All The Sections Mean)
• Mastering the Six-Generation Family Tree Chart
• Step-by-Step: Generations One Through Three
• Step-by-Step: Generations Four Through Six
• Seven Generations and Beyond
Chapter 3: Searching Cemeteries
(Where to Find Free Cemetery Search Websites)
• How to Start
• Cemeteries Online
• Visiting a Cemetery
• Cleaning a Headstone
• References/ Action items
Chapter 4: Searching Public Records
(The Best Free Accurate Public Record Sources)
• Legal Names & Birth Dates
• Office of Vital Records
• Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs
• The U.S. Census
• Local Courthouses
• Other Public Record Sources
• References/ Action items
Chapter 5: Genealogy Reunion
(How To Best Approach Your Living Relatives)
• Reunion Committee
• Committee Agenda
• At the Reunion
• Reunion Warning
• References/ Action items
Chapter 6: The LDS Utah Center
(EVERYTHING You Need to Know The LDS)
• The Website
• Preparing for Your Visit
• LDS Orientation
• Doing Research
• References/ Action items
• Quotes on Family
Here’s what Charles from Atlanta, GA had to say after getting the guide:
“I was hoping to learn exactly where to start. I was going to so many different resources and getting confused as to what was what. I needed to get more organized and you helped me do that.”
It seems almost silly to even say it; the price is such a small amount of money but hey, you’re my customer. And if you’re not happy, it looks bad on me.
So if you’re not happy with what you discover from “Step-by-Step Genealogy Guide” I don’t expect… or want… to keep your money.
Just simply whip off an email to me; cclegg(at)genealogybeginner.com and I’ll happily refund your money in full (in fact, I’d be embarrassed to keep it.)
But… the book is yours to keep no matter what,
right now as a “thank you” gift from me!
Okay? So you really can’t lose! The book’s yours no matter what. That’s about as fair as it gets, don’t you agree?
Some people have asked how I wrote the guide and how do I know it’ll work for you. Simple, every section in the book is there because “you asked for it.”
Well, not “you” really. But from real live questions. Questions from people who have struggled with starting their family tree and want to find only the best, simple, free online resources.
This is what I did: A simple web page was set up, and people like you visited it and left me their most pressing questions on genealogy research.
Then I answered them!
Which means no fluff. Just he real answers you want to know. You’ll discover all types of exciting tips. From how to build a family tree from scratch .. to what supplies you’ll need. From how to get find good, free government resources (easily) … to how to find ancestors from overseas!
Here’s a sneak peak
at what you’ll discover in
“The Step-By-Step Genealogy Guide”
- How to quickly and easily get started on your family tree with free family tree charts that you can easily download (it truly is earlier than you think!)
- Why even a beginner can get started in their own family tree design (that’s right, you don’t need to be a “genealogy guru” to have great family tree)
- A simply amazing options in how you layout your tree – discover exactly what a family tree looks like
- How to know if you’ve found the right person (and how to make headway from it even if you’re wrong!)
- What to know the “right price” to pay for professional genealogist assistance? Don’t hire a professional genealogist until you know this important tip – getting it wrong could render you “dead” from the start
- The Single biggest complaint beginning family tree researchers have about search websites (once you know this, you’ll be able to create an ultra successful search plan while others who don’t know this remain oblivious)
- How to find up-to-date information on your ancestors that is easy that you’ll have a list of searches to make (one remarkable find will lead to dozens of others… once you get started you won’t be able to stop)
- How to find trusted websites you can count on…ones that have solid, accurate data you can count on.
- No idea where to start? Here’s a secret almost nobody (except the few successful genealogists) know about build a huge family tree at lightening-quick speed – even if you’ve never created a family tree in your life
- Are there any free services for people who are pulling their hair out over name spelling problems? This is what you must know to sail past any name related hassles with ease
This next one was a huge hit with past readers!
- Where to find rare surnames databases that virtually no-one else uses (in fact, their right under you nose and are surprisingly easy to use)
- How to know that you found the right person – so you can lock on to your ancestors with laser-guided accuracy
- How to make your family tree different from the rest and have 3 times more samples and templates than the typical beginning genealogists
- What supplies you need to get started (and which you don’t!)
- How to conduct online research with your a clear plan in mind so that you don’t waste time, but still get everything you need from search session in order to create a “top gun” family tree.
- How to get started (can you imagine getting started tonight? It’s true – you just need to know how)
- The BIGGEST mistake most first time genealogy searchers make when it comes to searching names (truth is, you’re spending way to much time on the wrong things!)
- The ideal ways to organize your search in order to make the most from many limited pockets of time (this makes a huge difference to the success of your project)
- How to create a network of people that pulls your ancestors out of the woodwork (that’s right, people find your ancestors and bring them to you, not the other way around)
- How to manage your time so that your resolve to build a great family tree doesn’t take over your life
- How to still enjoy your family and friends, yet make significant family tree search progress because you’ve mastered genealogy time management.
- “To die for” family search resources you can rely on for information, help, and savings
- Where to see the best online graveyard search engines in the country (this is where you pick up that extra “edge” for your projects)
- How to organize your personal workspace so that you have a great time AND make great progress
- How to use the least expensive or free online tools yet still get the same data you’d get from the most expensive sites (even if you never spend one red cent and you’re a complete “computer dummy”)
At no additional costs, this template if available for download as a part of your purchase.
This is a professional yet standard six-generation family tree chart that is a great place to start for the first time genealogist. The chart has the following key qualities:
- It’s contains ample space to notate the three key dates including birth, marriage, and death
- Each key date is accompanied by a reference for location up through the 5th generation
- Each sixth generation notation contains space to enter a “continuation number” that can be carried over onto subsequent charts providing ample opportunity to document your ancestors back 12, 18, and even 24 generations
This blank family tree chart is a core tool in any genealogists tool belt. You’re feel free to modify this design to your own needs.
Additional Free Bonus !!!
While I’m able, I’m giving away free access to 20 genealogy software programs.
Together, these sheets, forms, logs, and software will provide you with the complete genealogy tool bag. Yours free when you purchase the guide.
The software packages are valued at $5 to $49 each. That’s upwards of $265.00 in free bonuses! Just look at what you’re receive …
Twenty Software Packages
- Legacy Family Tree 6.0: The full-featured professional genealogy program that helps you track, organize, print, and share your family history. Includes sourcing, reports, merging, To Do list, slide shows, multimedia, Web pages, spell checking, import and export and much more
- Family Tree Legends Genealogy Software
- SmartGenealogy. SmartGenealogy is a genealogy software in both English and French that will let you record individual persons with most of the events in their lives, along with the sources where you found the information from.
- GRAMPS Project. GRAMPS name stands for Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System.
- Surname Suggestion List. This computer program, is intended to assist you in searching the web for information on your surnames.
- Arbor Vita Arbor Vita lets you display your genealogy tree on the web by generating HTML pages.
- Bygones is software program designed primarily to keep genealogical research notes on a laptop computer. However, it also has databases that genealogists without laptops may find useful.
- GeneWeb is a genealogy software with a Web interface. It can be used off-line or as a Web service. Available in English, French, German, Dutch and Swedish.
- GedTree: Family Tree Website Generator Software.
- GEDClean16: a program which automates the task of “cleaning” the personal information about living individuals from a GEDCOM file containing genealogical data.
- GedHTree: a GEDCOM to HTML converter.
- GedView A Windows program to navigate through GEDCOM files
- GedReporter : A tool for generating reports and web sites from genealogy databases.
- KStableau: You can use KStableau.exe to generate HTML files to display a graphical family tree. Such a chart is a great way to visualise your family tree. Make an ancestor or descendants chart for web publishing. You can also use it to analyse kinship (inbreeding, pedigree loss, etc.).
- UncleGED : a GEDCOM Reader, a GEDCOM to HTML Converter, and a GEDCOM Cataloging Tool
- FamilyTree House. Family tree software and links to key genealogy sites. The software is available on-line. You can build your FamilyTree House in real time, no downloading is required.
- My Family Health Portrait. Download a tool the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will help you organize your family tree and help you identify common diseases that may run in your family.
- Gendex.pl Is a free Perl script that will simplify search in your (many) files if you currently publish your Gedcom file with Ged2www, Gedpage, Ged2HTML, Gedbrowser, Ged4Web or any other genealogy program that generates a Gendex file.
- IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative graphic viewer for Windows.
- England, Scotland and Wales Parish Locator for Windows. A database of almost 25,000 parishes and churches. From the full listing you are able to select a ‘Home’ parish around which you need to identify other churches. You can enter a distance in either miles or kilometers from the ‘Home’ parish and request a listing of all such churches from the database within that radius.
And that’s just a fraction of what you’ll get with the
“Step-by-Step Genealogy Guide.”
Because, look at what else
- What do I do when family’s change the spelling of our name; this is the source of a lot of issues?
- Where do I go to find a site that is providing all the names and making sure that no one is left off the list.
- I need help with dates of birth – how do I make sure each person that is mentioned is the person I’m looking for?
- How do I know if I’ve got the right family tree structure? Do I start with me or with great grand parents?
- I simply don’t have a lot of money. Where do I find high quality, free online and offline resources that I can trust?
- How do I get started? And I don’t have a lot of time. I need to have a clear plan that is easy to understand and will allow me to make a lot of progress when I have the time to spend.
- What is the best way to find where and when my ancestors immigrated to the United States?
So, how much better would you feel knowing all the answers to these questions and more? Wouldn’t you have a much better chance of success in starting your own family tree?
That’s why you should own this genealogy research guide today
(in fact, you can be filling out your family tree
in as little as 5 minutes from now!)
To your success,
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