|From where do we gain
information about families ? The obvious sites include Ancestry,
Family Search and Geni and these are extremely valuable and becoming
more so - but they do have limitations. They will provide
literally thousands of people in multiple countries in answer to a
simple search and in many cases do not supply linking evidence to verify
generational matchings or follow on information. They do not have
dates of immigrants arrivals, names of ships and ports of entry.
We start locally but act concurrently where possible with international sites in
We use a vast range of national and international databases, libraries, government agencies, genealogy sites, shipping agencies, companies, media outlets, churches, social networking sites, families. We also use colleagues nationally and internationally to narrow searches and to identify start or link points in our searches.
Be aware that many countries did not record information on their people in census or births deaths and marriages until the 19th century - IE 1800 on. Some churches did but many of those records have been lost or damaged, especially in Europe and Ireland. Records such as tax records from the 17th and 18th centuries can be useful but do not link generations, so you must have a start point for each generation to use these. Shipping lists, convict lists, military musters, immigration records also do not have generational linking data and so must be used only when movements or occasions are known and used to verify rather than identify.
WARNING: There are organisations, websites and individuals who offer quick and relatively inexpensive information, swearing it to be true and relevant to you including family name and coats of arms to histories going back hundreds of years. Without verification that absolutely connects YOUR family to this information IT IS USELESS.
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