I would like to find out more. I know that I’m somehow related to Mary Queen of Scots. I just wanna find some more information. Any suggestions would be helpful. Please and thank you.

6 Responses to “How can I find information on my family tree and my ancestors and all that ?”

  • Raquel:

    Ancestry.com has a free 14-day trial. You have to give a credit card or paypal account, and if you fail to cancel the free trial before it ends, you will be charged. I signed up a couple weeks ago and found out A LOT based on common ancestors and family trees that other people have already made. Give it a shot! Just don’t forget to cancel the account! (Unless you don’t mind paying the money.)

  • Bree:

    Hello. Go on some family tree websites on google. “anscestory.co.uk” is a good one. It’s not free, and I have yet to find one that is free so I think one way or another you will have to pay for it, so don’t do it without parents permission. Can you PLEASE help me with some of my questions if it isn’t too much trouble? If you click on oh picture under my q’s is 2 questions I need help with, one is asking for help with my dream and the other is about lying to my mam. Thank you so much in advance, hope you are happy safe and smiling, good luck =D

    Btw: related to Mary of scots?? So cool!!! Xx

  • Shirley T:

    You start with yourself and work back one generation at a time. There are websites that can be used as a tool in your research. However, be very distrustful of online family trees until you verify the information with documents/record. This is true of fee sites as well as free sites. Actually if you find any of your family in an online family tree and the information is wrong, those that run the websites will tell you that is between you and the other subscriber, the person who submitted the information. It would be too costly for them to hire people to verify all the information subscribers submit. Even when you see the absolute same information on the same people from many different subscribers that doesn’t mean the information is correct as too many people copy without verifying.

    Get as much information from your living family as possible. Find out if any has any old family bibles.
    If they allow, make copies of any birth, marriage and death certificates they have on family, Also do the same for any old wills and land records they have. Depending on the religious faith baptismal, first communion, confirmation and marriage certificates from their church can frequently be just as helpful if not more so than civil records. Interview your senior family members and tape them if they will let you. Frequently they will get into telling stories of days gone by you wouldn’t write down but in those stories you might find if you go back and listen to the tapes again after doing research you will hear things that will help you break through a brick wall in your research.

    Find out what resources they have in your public library. Also go to a Family History Center at a Latter Day Saints(Mormon) Church. They have records on people all over the world not just Mormons. In Salt Lake City, they have the world’s largest genealogical collection. Their FHCs can order microfilm for you to view for about $3 in case you find things in their database you would like to check further. I have never had them to try and convert me nor have I heard of them doing that to anyone else that has used their resources. Here is a link that will help you find the nearest Mormon FHC.

    http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp

    As far as websites I prefer Ancestry.Com and FamilySearch.org. However, on both you must distinguish between the records they have obtained and put online and their subscriber submitted family trees. If you find Ancestry.Com too pricey many public libraries have a subscription to it you can use for free, FamilySearch.org is the Mormon site and they are now putting all their records online and once they are through they will probably be untouchable.

    http://www.ancestry.com/?o_xid=21892&o_lid=21892&o_sch=Search

    https://www.familysearch.org/

    On both webistes in many cases you can view the original images of the records.

  • Joyce B:

    How do you know you are related to Mary Queen of Scots if you haven’t researched your family history? Also, having a royal ancestor somewhere back in time is no big deal since millions can make the same claim.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_6848112_do-genealogy-beginners.html

  • Maxi:

    You start with yourself and the records that you already have at home which will get you back 3-5 generations and you need to do that before you go and do anything else and especially online databases or you will do like many and search surnames in isolation, copy and paste and never really know how to research http://familytimeline.webs.com/recordsinyourownhome.htm this will give you all the basics, the free FH software, the checklist for records at home and once you have done all that the links page will help you further………………………….

    How on earhth would you know you are somehow related to Mary Queen of Scots, without research you could not possibly know this…..and be careful of family stories they are not as true as we think they are and you will find that out once you research, cite and verify your work………….otherwise the ancestors you claim are just that false claims, genealogy is about PROOF of those claims………………

  • shortgilly:

    Follow the basic research process for genealogy:
    1. Interview your living relatives.
    2. Examine your documents and those of relatives that will allow it.
    3. Prepare for research by learning about basic genealogy, genealogy specific to your known ancestors.
    4. Organize your data. Free software is available.
    5. Research one document at time for one generation at a time for one person at a time.
    Websites can help with steps 3-5.

    Resources will vary depending on where and when your ancestor lived, what records they left behind, and what is available for that place/time. Not everything is online and/or free. Since you didn’t give us any information to narrow down the best ones for your specific search, we can only provide a few general ones.

    A few hints for making good use of websites: Avoid user-submitted trees/pedigrees except where they have sources cited, and go to the sources. Indexes and transcriptions are better than trees but still likely to have errors. Use these to get you to the original source. Try to find and work with original documents or images as exclusively as possible.

    Some helpful starting places:
    http://www.cyndislist.com/
    https://www.familysearch.org/
    http://www.censusfinder.com/
    http://www.findagrave.com/
    http://www.deathindexes.com/ (U.S.)
    http://www.genuki.org.uk/
    Here — Many of us have resources or knowledge specific to certain documents, times, places, and groups.
    Google — Look for local libraries, archives, agencies, and GenWebs.
    Offline — Libraries, archives, museums, genealogical societies, Family History Centers, etc. BIG note: FHCs have free access to some of the paid subscription sites.

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