Did you know October is Family History month? Get ready for family history month with several great genealogical resources and several tips about Ancestry.com.
Ancestry.com is one of the most popular databases the library offers. For many patrons, genealogical research can be overwhelming, Ancestry has a number of forms available to make keeping track of searches and results easier. At the top of the page, you can find forms:
- Ancestral Chart: Basic chart to help users get started in constructing a family tree.
- Research Calendar: Keep track of where users have searched and the search terms they’ve used.
- Correspondence Record: A great way for users to keep track of their research outside of Ancestry. This is helpful for people contacting local historical societies, cemeteries, etc.
FamilySearch.org is a free genealogical resource operated by the Church of Latter-day Saints. Users can create an account, get started on a family tree and connect their family tree with other users on the site if they would like.
The FamilySearch Research Wiki has a lot of information about how users can get started with genealogical questions and contains links to individual state and country resources as well.
Find A Grave allows users to browse and find graves of ancestors. It is a free resource that may be helpful to users who are unable to get to cemeteries to look up information.
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have many great historical societies, archives and museums! Be sure to check them out as well for local genealogical information!
- Pam Calfo, Baldwin