One of the most rewarding things I have accomplished this year is to find my ancestors. I have traced just about every line back to 1700 and some lines back to 1116. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a FREE website set up to help you find your ancestors: www.familysearch.org. Click on this link and this is what you will see.
I have a picture of the English version, but this website has been created in many different languages and you can access records worldwide! AND you can access it from anywhere in the world! How cool is that? Start with the name of an ancestor you know and work back from there. In the upper right corner, you will find a link to the Help files. There you will find a listing of many different tutorials and frequently asked questions. You can also click the 'Just Getting Started?' link at the lower right hand corner of the screen and get live help via chat.
I have mentioned this before, but I think it is important to mention again, you don't need to be a memeber of the church to use this site. You don't even need to create a free account to use this site. Just type in the name of one of your relatives.
If you do create a free account, you can put the information you find into a family tree. (This is the only way I have found to keep everything straight!) Here is a snapshot of my family tree.
If you take some time off during this holiday season, I can think of no better way to spend some quality family time than looking for your ancestors! Give your children the gift of knowing where they come from. It can ground them for their lifetime!
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