Favorite Baby Websites

www.babiesrus.com

www.childrensplace.com

www.babygap.com

www.babyeinstein.com

 

More

Genealogy

Doing your family history can be a rewarding experience, help you to understand more about who you are, and is a great way to find a meaningful name for your baby. 

How do you do it?

Doing genealogy can seem like an impossible task when you don't know how to do it.  Once you learn a few basics, it can become a fun and exciting hobby.   Here's how to start:

What first?

The first thing you need to do is to start with what you know.  Start by writing down all the important info that you can think of about your family.  Names, birth dates and places, death dates and places, marriage dates, etc.  Start with yourself and work your way back as far as you can go (parents, grandparents, great grandparents).   This information will be vital in beginning your search of unknown relatives.  There are many website out there with helpful forms and programs for storing your information.  My favorite is www.familysearch.org which has free pedigree charts, family group sheets and family history software.

What next?

After you have collected all the information that you can, from your own records and from other family members, you will need to broaden your search.  There are millions of people who are doing genealogy research right now and many of them may have done research on your family.  Believe it or not, there are other people who are equally related to many of your ancestors and have taken care of much of the work for you.  Try to find some family trees that may include your family.  The best website I know of is www.ancestry.com.  They have a membership fee to use all of their search tools, but the information they have is amazing.     Once you have exhausted all the family trees and information that has already been done, you will then become the detective, searching all available documents, records, cemeteries, journals, etc. to find the information you are wanting and needing.

Finally

The websites I have mentioned along with many others have great records to search.  For example, they offer census records which provide ages, birth places, occupations, locations, etc. They also have military records and news paper articles.  There are also genealogical libraries that contain massive amounts of information about people and the places they lived.  With the technology that we have today, there has never been a better time to find the treasures that are waiting to be discovered in your family history. 

More

Family History Website

www.ancestry.com

www.familysearch.org

www.usgenweb.com