Writing a family history shifts effort from collecting information to sharing it with others.
Immigration records are direct links to the homelands of ancestors.
Records generated by the probate process; wills.
The genealogical details and historical context found in newspapers make it worth the effort to look through them.
There are few American families whose genealogies would not benefit from a military record search.
Census records contain names, ages, birthplaces and relationships of ancestors.
Cemetery records and tombstones can provide a renewed sense of heritage.
Church records; religious affiliations.
Vital records such as birth, death and marriage certificates can help confirm names and dates found in secondary records.
Computer resources help a woman find cousins she did not know she had; using the Internet.
Compiled records can be timesavers in genealogical research.
Family papers can prove invaluable in reconstructing a family tree.
Efforts to reconstruct genealogies destroyed in the Bolshevik Revolution; microfilming; Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
How three families celebrated their family history through reunions, handmade quilts and African ritual music and dance.
Inmates who trace their genealogy while in prison; Richard Eastman demonstrates how computers have made researching family history easier.
Dr. Raymond White and genetic counselor Vickie Venne offer advice on how to create a medical pedigree.
Overcoming the myth that no African-American records exist and successful strategies to use in a search for African-American ancestors.
The wealth of information that can be obtained from census and military records.
More sources of family history records to tap after exhausting city, state and national repositories.
Paper records of life's important events.
Journalist Bill Zimmerman shares tips on interviewing living relatives and how to document and preserve their knowledge.
Antonia Cottrell Martin offers advice on organizing the bits and pieces of the past one finds around the house.
Jim and Terry Willard host the series dealing with the impact of family history. This episode dispels genealogy misconceptions.