Help for Beginning Genealogists

Suggestions On How To Begin

Beginning Genealogy (Slide Show by Jean Cooper)

ThoughtCo.com’s How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree (Free)

Basic Resources

Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), for which one must have a subscription, offers many useful resources for the budding genealogist, in particular, free copies of forms used in doing genealogical research. Free charts and forms can be found here:
https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/ka215000000MUxmAAG/Free-Charts-and-Forms

Cyndi’s List (http://www.cyndislist.com) Created by Cyndi Howells, Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet is the original and most comprehensive index to websites pertaining to genealogy. It is updated daily.

FamilySearch.org is a free resource that contains scanned, searchable copies of primary source documents for all U.S. states, plus many international locations.

HeritageQuest Online. Available only from U.Va. locations. (http://www.heritagequestonline.com/) Contains searchable access to the complete 1790-1940 U.S. Census, Periodicals Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Freedmen’s Bank Records, and ProQuest’s Genealogy & Local History Collection of 25,000+ family and local history books.

[Note: Patrons of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library may access HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition through that public library system.]