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Best way to trace Ancestry ?

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  1. bigbore613

    bigbore613 Active Member

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    What is the best way to trace Ancestry ? Thanks, Jeff
     
  2. bluedevil

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    Ancestry.com is a good start but from then on it is a lot of computer time and even traveling to your ancestors state or county then hitting the records. It is fun and rewarding. I have mine traced in this country exactly to 1697 then a little troubling info but in England back to 1135. By troubling you will find records have been lost, burned up in a fire or transcribed incorrectly by someone. Enjoy, I sure did.
     
  3. shannon391

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    I read a study from a top DNA tec, She said only 70% of us know who our real father is.
     
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    A FYI--Ancestry.com is a pay service. I checked into and its was neatly setup. I just didn't want to go so far as to pay for it. I think it would be well worth the money just for the convience. The best method is first talk to any older family members and get as much info before going into the Ancestry part.
     
  5. grunt

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    Ancestry is run by the Morman church. If you go to a ward close to your home they will help you get started.
     
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    If you can go back two or three generations, the easy way to start is to get a copy of their death certificates. They should have their parents information on it and then go to your local library and start checking the census records. It is a pain but the only real alternative is ancestry or one of the other pay for use service. I use ancestery and footnote.com both are pay for use but footnote has a lot more documents that you can print out, like service records from the War Between the State. You can also google one of your ancestors name and see what comes up, you may find a long lost cousin has already done most of you work for you.., Good luck and prepare for terminal ga ga!
     
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    Run for politcal office
     
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    Didn't work for our golfing president, his books say one thing and he says, in speeches, the opposite.
     
  9. Pocatello

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    I agree with Shannon - you don't really know without a DNA check.

    Utah and SE Idaho is predominately LDS, and many church members are into geneology. Until about a century ago the official church doctrine supported polygamy. With the birth rate for humans approximately 50% male, polygamy tended to have a large excess of young single males, and young females married to older males with several wives. I'd be willing to bet a fair amount of money that a DNA analysis would show that many putative "ancestors" these LDS folks are tracing were not the actual fathers of the offspring.
     
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    Grunt hit the nail on the head. If you have a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(that's the way it will be listed in the phone book) in the area, it will likely have a geneology library and if it does, it is staffed by folks who know how to get you on the right track. They'll show you how to navigate the records and web and save you a whole bunch of hours trying to figure it out on your own. There will probably be a seperate phone listing for the library, so you can call and find out the hours. There's no charge for the using the library.
    Dave
     
  11. PerazziBigBore

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    You always know who your mother is... Either win a lottery or inherit a lot of money.. You'll see "family" members come out from under the sidewalk.. and ,or,rise from the dead..
     
  12. W.P.T.

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    www.mozilla firefox.com and follow the links ... Its a great place to get started and you can venture into it from the links it will provide, one of which is Ancestry.com ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  13. luckyshot

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    whats the best way if u are adopted, and adoptive parents arent alive?
     
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