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Annham 
Posted: 09-Sep-2004, 07:52 PM
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I agree with Sekhmet,
Rootsweb is a great place. smile.gif
I did some genealogy when home computers were just getting popular...at that time, everybody was sharing everything.. and there weren't any ancestor.coms and such. It was lots of fun. I have tried to look up things on the pay sites and many times what comes back in the searches are pieces of information I've shared with someone a long time ago.. and in turn, someone must have submitted it... Some times I've even found pieces with my initials attached as the source. sad.gif
Those sites asked for donations of GED files from any and everyone then put all them together and put a price on them.. I basically think they are a rip - off.
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Posted: 09-Sep-2004, 07:56 PM
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Thankyou Sekhmet for outlining everything. thumbs_up.gif

The one site that I have been the most disappointed with is Geneology.com. I have found that I only get so far with them and then they want to charge me a lot of money for additional search! sad.gif


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Posted: 13-Sep-2004, 01:49 AM
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Speaking of everything costing way too much...

I'll give here my standard offer for anyone else. If anyone needs something looked up on Ancestry, I've got access to just about everything. Also if anyone needs help finding information on Civil War soldiers/veterans, give me a yell and I'll see what I can do. I have burial records for a couple of the National Cemeteries (specifically Gettysburg and Antietam/South Mountain). If it's Gettysburg, that's my strong suit by far. wink.gif I've also got a complete set of the Official Records and Fox's Losses, Dyer's Compendium, etc.


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Posted: 13-Sep-2004, 03:21 PM
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Wow! That is very generous of you Sekhmet! I may take you up on your offer as I am stuck on one of my great-grandmother's Rebecca Jane Allison or Ellerson. worked as an indentured servant and married my great grandfather Silas Whitaker. I can find no information on her prior to being an indentured servant. I know they both were from North Carolina, but where she came from prior I don't know. I guess back in those days they did not record the women..........a shame. sad.gif
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Posted: 14-Sep-2004, 12:04 AM
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Allison...?

Aw, heck. We could be related. I'm related to the Allisons on my father's side. Any chance they wandered through Pennsylvania?
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Posted: 14-Sep-2004, 02:29 PM
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Oh my! When my ancestors came from the UK, they first settled in Pennsylvania and later moved on down to North Carolina and then Georgia! Wouldn't it be funny if we were related?! biggrin.gif However, with the Allison side, I cannot get beyond North Carolina and that is what is so frustrating! sad.gif
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Posted: 21-Sep-2004, 04:46 PM
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Computers are making things too easy for genealogists, and as a result, we forget that there are actual buildings that have this precious information -- information we can get for FREE!

Some advice for anyone who is looking to do cheap (or free) genealogy research:

1) Most state and university libraries will have access to the census on microfiche. When I was at Ball State (in Indiana), I used to do this for free. Raven said he lives in Indianpolis. You're just 2 hours from Fort Wayne, home of the second largest genealogy library in the country -- behind the LDS library. If you live close to a big library, like in a college town, make a day of it. Public university libraries are usually open to the public.

2) You might be able to get Internet access to the Fort Wayne library's genealogy section here . I've never tried it. (www.acpl.lib.in.us)

3) Based on the small research I've seen, Ancestry.com seems to be one of the best sites out there. So if you have to pay money, this may be your best bet. Others may have better info on this than I.

4) Network like crazy. Celticrose and Sekhmet already started, and a lot of others may do it as well. But I found a "half-third cousin once removed" (don't ask!) who had 16 generations of my paternal grandmother's family tree in his possession. Of course, it didn't hurt that all the Blankevoorts in the world are actually related -- I feel bad for all the Smiths and Jones in the world! So who knows, Celticrose? Sekhmet may just be that long-lost relative you need to fill in the missing pieces.


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Posted: 21-Sep-2004, 05:01 PM
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Hi Erik! Thanks for all your info! I live in a small town and a hour a half away from the nearest large or university library, so I am very dependent upon the internet for my info. I would agree that ancestry.com is one's best bet. I have gotten a lot of information from that site. smile.gif
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There are free search sites on the internet such as: rootschat.com, familysearch.org, cyndi's list, freebmd; cheaper sites include genesreunited but ancestry, etc are much more expensive. The familysearch.org on the web is free-you should enter your family member's details on the search called IGI I believe its the 3rd search item down once you click on search on the home page.
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Posted: 19-Mar-2007, 06:01 PM
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Celtic Rose and others here. Best place to go for research online is www.FamilySearch.org It is the LDS family history site and free. There is tons of information there and more becoming available everyday. There is even a program you can download free to your computer called PAF (Personal Ancestral File) to help you keep track of the information and records you find. I work at our local family history center (FHC) the first two Sat. every month. It is a church calling. We have been called and working in our FHC since 1984. We enjoy it very much. There is so much you can find online there. You have to go to your local FHC to order and view films but you can go to the FamilySearch site card catalog and find the films you want to order. Many of our patrons bring in list they printed up I want to order these films please.
At the library we do charge fees for film orders to cover cost of postage and handling but basically everything else is free.
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QUOTE (Lyra Luminara @ 28-Jun-2004, 04:14 AM)
Jeez, yes, this is such an expensive hobby.
I just wish my ancestors would have written stuff down. ::grins::

I'm with you on that!

I've ended up subscribing to Ancestry, because they have all the census info (including .pdf scans of the original entries) online. However, the best for finding matches to other family members was GenesReunited, but I couldn't afford both, sad.gif so have stuck with Ancestry.


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I got real lucky with my mothers side of the family. One of my great aunts wanted to join The Daughters of The American Revolution and they went back all the way to coming on the Mayflower here. My fathers side well that's a whole other story,I can only find where 4 Edward Kings came here from England all around the same time he did. That is my brick wall. I've heard stories that he came by himself which I find hard to believe he would of been 10 or 11 in 1849. The census (1910) says his parents were both born England but have no names for them. When was about 14 or 15 I can remember being shown lots of the family history that someone did for my Dad, traced back to someone who had some nobility and laughing about "we're rich". But where are these pages now I have no idea. It's tough know that my brother and I were the only grandchildren and not knowing any cousins on that side I may never know more then what I know now,and I want too know more.


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