Now that Christmas is over, and you’ve got time to add all the information you got from your family at gatherings into the new program you got for Christmas, here are a few things to look at to get even more information.
For the next few days, several of the databases on Ancestry.com are free. From December 26 to 29, Ancestry has opened up several of their records collections to those who currently have limited access to the site. The records include US, UK, Canadian and Australian Records of various sorts, including birth, marriage, death, military and immigration records. There is also full access to Ancestry’s 1940 US Census records available again. If you’ve not had looked at their version of the Census before, now is the time to check it out. They have continued to work on indexing all the information on the Census, and you can now search for even more information than you could when they initially finished indexing all the names on the Census. They are still working on indexing everything on the records, but theirs is possibly the best version to look at for Census information.
In addition, many sites have been updating throughout the year, including Family Search (which has similar records collections to the ones at Ancestry.com for free) and JewishGen (focused on those with Jewish ancestry), who have both increased the numbers and types of records available on their site. In addition, My Heritage purchased another online tree site, Geni.com, so both have increased the number of records accessible on each site.
If you’ve found a new heritage in a branch of your family tree over the holidays, a good way to get started on learning about that heritage is to go to Cyndi’s List. The site is incredibly rich, and has links on just about anything you can think of, whether it be information about US states, other countries, religious information, or just about any other subject you might imagine or discover you need to research. All the information linked at the site is based on others’ genealogical research, and you never know what you might find there.
Still need a genealogy program and have some holiday cash to spend? Check out the latest software comparisons at Top Ten Reviews. It gives a great overview of the top ten programs currently in use today, and shows what each program provides in a few different categories. It makes it easier to decide on a program based on actual performance and additions versus reviews by people you might not even agree with.
Hope you all had happy holidays, and have great genealogical luck in the new year.