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Free Genealogy Search – A Step in Your Family Ancestry

If you’re interested in rediscovering your family’s history, then you should conduct your own research or hire a genealogist to do the search for you. However, you have to consider that hiring a genealogist right away can be very expensive as well as researching for your family’s ancestry alone. It will also take quite a long time to get to your goal on finding the root of your family’s history.

If you think about it, there is a much cheaper way to start searching for your family’s history. Although it will only offer limited results, it is a great way to start your search for your family’s history. It will also save you a lot of time and money because it’s free and it’s available on the internet. The internet contains thousands of different genealogy related websites. You will find a few websites that will offer free genealogy search. Although these free genealogy websites will only offer limited information, it will serve as a great start to find out about your family’s genealogy.

Also, free genealogy search websites will serve as a stepping stone on your search for your ancestors. With this kind of website, you will never again have to leave your home and search public libraries for old newspapers and old public records that may contain information about your family’s history. Here, you can search for your relatives and obtain copies of available documents for free – right in the comforts of your own home.

Since free genealogy search websites don’t contain all the information you need, you can consider gathering what information you can and once you meet a dead end in your search, you can say that it’s time for you to hire a genealogist to do the work for you. You can provide them with all the information you gathered and the genealogist will pick up where you left off. This will lessen the fee for their services as you did some work for yourself. However, the cost will also depend on how far back you want your family tree to be. Always remember that the farther back in the past your family tree is and the harder it is to find documents, the more expensive the fee for the genealogist will be.

Free genealogy search websites are only there to give you a bit of push on your search for your ancestors. You have to remember that free genealogy search websites only contains limited information. And, if you want a more comprehensive search and a proper family tree, you should consider hiring a genealogist to do the work for you.

Professional genealogists know what documents to find and where to find them. They will also furnish you a copy of the original documents and will make a family tree for you if you want them to.

Searching for your genealogy is a fun activity. So, start uncovering your family’s mystery by searching for the preliminary information first in free genealogy search websites and continue with a more comprehensive search with a genealogist.

A great website and article for further reading and to help you in your research is on “Family Tree” article ‘Best Free Genealogy and Family History Websites’ By David A. Fryxell.

This is an awesome resource for anyone who wants to get started in their research.

Good Luck!

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The Success of DNA Testing and Continuing Your Genealogy Research

Today having your DNA tested is one of the best ways to continue a different angle in researching your family tree. It’s great if you have a family tree already started and want to get more information on your ancestors. Doing so enables you to check out potential distant cousins and discovering more about where you actually came from.

I have had my DNA tested twice with both AncestryDNA and MyHeritageDNA. The results from both are very similar and I have connected with 2nd and 3rd cousins putting faces to names in my tree and also discovering more facts about my extended family.

It’s amazing in the discoveries and where it will lead you. Taking your genealogy research to another level is something that I personally feel that you should endeavour to expand your resources. You just never know where it will take you.

Some information about DNA Testing that you should be aware of before you get it done is described below.

There are about 60,000 billion cells found in the human body. It includes muscle cells, cheek cells, and white blood cells. Each cell contains the whole genetic information which is the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The nucleus inside the cell holds the DNA or chromosomal DNA that consists of Y chromosomal DNA, X chromosomal DNA, and autosomal DNA. The external part of the nucleus holds mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The autosomal DNA comes from both the mother and the father, Y chromosomes is inherited by a son from his father, and mtDNA comes from the mother only.

There are advancements made in testing DNA to meet various areas of interests. For example, the most common uses of DNA are related to finding criminals and proving paternity. But today, genealogy research also uses DNA testing.

For so many years, genealogy has become an important element of the society and a favorite hobby of some enthusiasts. Although this is more rewarding, somehow it brings frustrations even to expert genealogists. It can be very time consuming when doing paper research. More often, it can lead to illegible and damaged documents. But, DNA testing provides quick results without questioning its authenticity or quality. Moreover, the genetic genealogy results can endure the tests of time.

1. Mitochondrial testing is utilized for tracing the maternal heritage of a person. The mtDNA testing is very important since genealogists are mostly females. When they marry, maternal lines are often lost because of changing their surnames. In this manner, they can learn and trace their maternal ancestry. There are advances made in understanding genetics and using laboratory techniques in helping a person to identify maternal lineage through mtDNA tracing services. The distinct mtDNA of person is analyzed and compared to the databases of other samples of mtDNA worldwide, revealing information about the lost ancestry.

The mtDNA remains nearly unchanged even for so many years. You can share the same type of mtDNA with your mother, maternal grandmother, and maternal great grandmother. The same exact mtDNA code can track your direct maternal lineage way back from the time where mtDNA code’s natural mutation occurred. Women who are living today can trace their origins 150 thousands years ago through natural mutations or mitochondrial eve. In connection with matrilineal descent, Eve is the common ancestor. But it doesn’t necessarily imply that Eve is the only woman who lived in that era. There were also other women alive but only the lineage of Eve has survived.

2. Y chromosomal DNA testing is the most common used form of genetic genealogy testing. Some people can even trace if a deceased man is related to them by conducting this test. Like mtDNA, Y chromosomes can be also traced back from one prehistoric father, Adam. The DNA mutation of the first Y chromosomes naturally occurs over many generations. Determining the present Y chromosomes can trace your paternal lineage through searching the Y database worldwide.

Moreover, genealogists can find out if two people are related because they have similar surnames through Y chromosomes testing. It is not impossible since in most cultures, surnames or family names are inherited by children from their fathers like the Y chromosomal DNA.

A successful genealogy research lies on DNA testing because its usefulness is proven as time has passed by. Expanding your ancestry research through your DNA and also researching potential family tree hits on the Internet (Online Genealogy Websites) are worthwhile goals.

Finding relevant original sources is the main goal of any genealogist where I hope you as a family historian will succeed.

DNA Testing is another resource for you too utilize in your quest and continuing family saga.

Link to AncestryDNAAncestryDNA

Link to MyHeritageDNA

For further reading check out the article ‘The Best DNA Testing Kits for 2021’ at PCMag By Molly McLaughlin Updated February 3, 2021

Why You Should Create a Family Tree?

My mother is your grandmother and my brother is your uncle.

Is this how you teach your kids about your families? How each of us relate to one another and who is the mother to whom?

Why not use a family tree with detailed information and properly cited on how we are connected to each other?

A family tree is not only exceptionally useful as a teaching tool for kids, but it gives us a whole new perspective in life too. Building a family tree can also be a fun lazy-Sunday-afternoon activity with the kids.

Building a family tree can be simple, depending on the kind of family tree you want to build. An elaborate one will take a much longer time, for example, if you want to cut out pieces of coloured paper and pasting them with pictures and short write-ups on the family member. Some people will just draw a family tree and colour portions of it into the family tree. Kids love it and even adults will enjoy this simple and calming activity.

Innovation and advancement in technology catches up with our needs too because there are family tree creators in the form of different online ancestry websites, software and computer programs that can help people create their family tree easily. Using software to create a family tree takes only minutes and can be coloured in and pasted over too. Using software or online genealogy programs to create a family tree is for people who are not keen on the paper, scissor, glue and goo concept of creating family trees. Don’t be surprised, there ARE people who are not too keen on getting down there with art papers sticking to their clothes! Kids can have fun creating family tree online too or with a software program. It depends on individual preferences, really.

A family tree is nothing more than a bunch of charts that links one person to another in a family. You can start from whichever ancestor you want when start your family tree but you should start with yourself then work back through time. For those who are interested in genealogy, you can go as far back as you want.

Creating a family tree that is in-depth will definitely require some investigation and detective work, such as interviewing of family members, and also lots of research.

If you can’t find your family members or are not in touch with them over some period of time, it may be a little bit more difficult to fill in the blanks in your family tree. However, with tools like www.ancestry.com, www.familysearch.com, www.rootsweb.com, and www.usgenweb.com, things are much easier than before.

So, go ahead and have some fun creating your family tree now!!

Bored? During Our Current Pandemic Situation – Check Out These Hobby Ideas

Have you ever played one too many computer games or watched one too many old reruns?  You just can't get into another mystery and you just feel flat?  Maybe you are suffering from boredom, that familiar accompaniment to our automated, precooked lifestyles.  If so, you need to check out these hobby ideas.  Hobbies have been found to be therapeutic as they relieve stress and get the mind active.  In this article, you'll find hobby ideas for every sort of person, from the intellectual to the athlete, from the homemaker to the attorney.
Many times we are bored because we have become too inactive.  If this is your problem, you might like a sports hobby.  Have you ever tried tennis?  How about golf?  Many people simply love bowling until it becomes an important part of their lives.  Sports hobbies get you out of the house and often are a way to make friends with others.  Then again, some active hobbies can be enjoyed in our own homes, such as weight lifting and doing aerobic dance to a video.

Speaking of aerobic dance, dancing is another great pastime.  When you think of hobby ideas, don't forget the many forms of dance.  Square dancing is fun for people who like getting together with groups, while ballet and modern dance appeal to the more contemplative souls.  And while we're on contemplation, you might enjoy doing yoga stretches as a hobby.

Maybe we're feeling bored and listless because we've been cooped up in the house too long.  If that's the problem, here are a few hobby ideas to get you out in the fresh air.  Have you ever thought of taking up canoeing, hiking, or trapping?  How about getting involved with an environmental group?  In many states, you can form groups to clean riverbanks and monitor water quality, and the state will provide perks such as t-shirts, work gloves, and first-aid kits.  Or maybe you'd like studying the flora and fauna of your region.  It can be great fun to stroll through the woods and fields with a field guide, learning to identify each wildflower, insect, tree, and bird.

There are lots of different hobbies you could partake in and one that I would suggest and recommend is researching your family tree. Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the US and around the world. 

Once you undertake the hobby of genealogy and get involved in the community you will discover more about yourself. You will find ancestors you never knew you had and will be able connect to many distant cousins. There is nothing like discovering your mother's or father's family and discovering distant ancestors.
There are almost as many hobby ideas as there are bored people in the world, because everyone puts their own spin on their favorite hobbies.  Maybe you'd enjoy decorating your house with antiques, or learning to bake specialty breads from around the World.  Maybe you'd like to take part in a little theatre production, or learn to play guitar.  What about the fine arts of weaving tapestries or painting with oils?  Candle making, soap making, and many other old-time crafts are being enjoyed again.  

The Internet has grown substantially over the last 15 years and maybe you want create a website to provide information ot sell items in your store. Truly, with all these hobby ideas, there is no reason to stay bored for long!

Why Research Genealogy?

Genealogy is having an informed knowledge of your past and leaving a worthwhile legacy for future generations.

This project came about while I was researching my family genealogy. It is important for us all to leave a legacy to our children, grandchildren and future generations.

My main intent is compiling a Family Record or ‘Saga’ so that it can be available for family members and handed down from generation to generation. It is also a place for new genealogists to come and get different search stategy ideas to help them in their building their family trees.

Discovering Your Past through Photos

There are treasures in our attics – respect and be proud of our ancestors. The surname of ‘Gibbs’ comes from an honourable and ancient name dating back to the Norman conquest.

Tracing our family tree started off as a hobby until I got involved in our ancestors lives and finding out that they were a part of me. We come mainly from an ancestral background of agricultural labourers and farmers dating back centuries. Each of our families are different in the research of their respective family trees. We all have different and unique surnames. We have two parents, a mother and father with separate surnames; they in turn have a mother and father with different surnames.

The further back you go in researching your family tree the more you will be amazed of what you have uncovered of your ancestors past. If we went back generations to our 15th Great Grandparents we would theoretically have a total of 131,072 ancestors and that’s if there was no cross-linking.

Considering the amount of ancestors that we have then consider this – each grandparent had a number of children and their children had children and so forth. How many relatives would be have? The total number would be staggering and I wouldn’t want to guess, but trying to research through ancestry is a possibility.

History has always fascinated me and years ago my mother got me interested in our family tree which in itself is ‘History’ – our family history. Genealogy research has been around for thousands of years so why hasn’t anyone really kept any good reliable records on our tree? Each culture is different and before the invention of writing, people around the globe recorded their family trees in interesting and various methods. Ancient civilizations used ingenious methods of keeping records and passed them down throughout the generations from one family to the next.

Before the discovery and invention of the written word, records were probably kept by the eldest family member who meticulously tied knots on a rope or with other objects. Why did different cultures tie knots the way they did?   Individual groups did it for identifying different events or meanings. Knots tied in various fashions was a detailed methodology that had baffled archaeologists at one time.

Early Vikings did not write down their stories but had to remember them and then pass them down to their children. They told their stories through songs – sagas that were recited from epic battles during wars and other adventures telling and then re-telling their historical tales.

The Chinese on the other hand are the true masters of genealogy. They kept very detailed genealogical written records of clan and branch genealogies to family records or annals. The earliest known record dates back to around 1500 BC when they inscribed family trees on turtle shells and cow bones.

I am going to mainly concentrate my research with my direct ancestors and their family surnames. The surnames of Gibbs, Walling, Cross and Martin. There will also be data, photos and more passed on from other extended families as well.

I will attempt to go back as far as I can with the information that I have available and through online resources. The research of my family tree will be an ongoing project.

If you are interested in undertaking a genealogy project with goals and see it succeed then I will help as much as I can in assisting you on your journey. Getting information from your living relatives will be important to get as much information as you can.

Download the FREE checklist of the “22 Steps in Researching Your Family Tree”

I also have a podcast called ’22 Steps Podcast” for everyone that will provide information on the necessary steps to take in your family tree research. Lots of info with website links to further your search on relatives. There are 5 episodes available to listen to on various apps.

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Hover over the episode below to goto directly to Podbean and listen to an episode! 

Episode 001 – The Introduction

Episode 002 – The First Three Steps

Episode 003, Step 4 – Online Genealogy Websites

Episode 004 – Step 5 – Why you should join an online forum?

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Family Newsletter – Ist Edition of Gibbs Musings

Starting your own newsletter is a awesome project for you to start if you have the time and resources available to provide to your family. I started a family newsletter called ‘Gibbs Musings’ to pass on genealogical data on families I have been researching to assist other family historians in completing their trees. I find what I have provided quite rewarding and helpful.

The aim of the website will be a great resource of information for new genealogists to get resources, free and paid website links to help you in your ancestral research using different research strategies.

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Learn to Set Goals When Researching Your Genealogy

There are those who are bounded by laws and rules, yet success is too distant for them. On the other hand, there are those who appears to be easy going people but are successful. Think you have what it takes to be like them? Or would you rather do something different to achieve the elusive success? Take heart and set your goals. Learn to set goals while you research your family tree and set priorities.

What do goals represent by the way? These are actually representations of your visions about future research. Goals should be achievable and realistic. These kinds of goals allow you to put them into practice or at least do some activities that allow you to monitor your progress. However, more is involved in just merely setting realistic goals. Remember that in order to achieve your goals, you must act according to your goals. Otherwise, all else would be vanity if you do not exert effort in reaching them. The following will help you set achievable goals:

1. Enhance your skills in achieving targeted goals by setting objectives, as well as standard and optional activities that will help you meet your goals.

2. Strategize and take risks in meeting your goals. Strategic thinking is very important because this will allow you to be productive and focus on the activities according to your goals.

3. Act in accordance to your goals. Proper mind setting is very important in achieving your goals. Take the extra mile. Try taking risks but never compromise your safety. Taking risks means that you are ready to learn new things and challenges that will help you in the long run.

On one hand, you may wonder why there is a need for you to set goals if you think you have not failed at all in your endeavours. Remember that setting goals does not mean that you always fail. Setting goals means that you are acknowledging your limitations and you are ready to work your way up towards success, professionally or personally. It is for this reason why objective goals matter.

Moving forward, you also have to consider that there are goals that are just too hard to achieve on your own. At times, these goals even create conflicts that you might think of surrendering in the long run. Take heart. Everybody have similar concerns at times. If this situation occurs and you think that surrendering is the last option, why not look for a partner, a friend maybe who is willing to help you out with your goals? Collaborate with your prospective partner and learn to prioritize. If it requires spending time in plotting all the possibilities, both the pros and cons, try it.

Set some goals in your early genealogy research and make sure they are realistic and achievable:

  1. Researching details about your ancestors and discovering stories from an ancestry website such as Ancestry.com or MyHeritage.com and online newspapers
  2. Progressing on distant relatives in your family tree finding out the names and key dates for your direct ancestors
  3. Exploring DNA and following up on relationship matches from potential distant cousins through matches
  4. Taking a genealogy course developing your research skills. Look for free resources first to hone your knowledge and skills
  5. Start a journal on each family unit to assist you when you compile your ancestry charts
  6. Create a habit of researching on a daily or weekly basis

Remember that goal setting is focused on your benefits. So try working things out and focus, focus, and focus. Minimize or avoid distractions if possible so you can work your goals better. Work that proper mindset for a clearer vision of you achieving those valuable goals. If you are vying for promotion in your workplace, it is important that you see yourself already in the position you want. If you are aiming for a personal or educational goal, make things happen by planning and doing things related to your goals. You will then realize that goals, no matter how difficult they may appear, are still valuable to consider. Once your goals are achieved, sweet success knocks on your door commending you for a job well done.