The places to find your ancestry - Genealogy Resources

Research and discover your ancestry with these resources to get you started building a family tree. Trace back as far as you can find and share your results with friends and family. Many of the forums in this list will also garner you a few new friends in the genealogy spectrum. Tracing your roots will give you insight into your family’s past and give you an edge in your own forensic education endeavors.

  1. SinoTree  — SinoTree is committed to the global Chinese genealogical information collection, provide a comprehensive genealogy resource platform for  search genealogy , building genealogy , repairing genealogy and sharing genealogy for Chinese all over the world!
  2. Genetree  —Genealogy for the electronic age. Genetree lets you forgo traditional genealogy research methods (dusty books and more library visits than you can shake a family tree at) for a free electronic database that helps you find your connections all over the world!
  3. Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation: Growing the Genetic Family Tree One Branch at a Time—Also offering an online genealogy search engine, the SMGF site focuses primarily on DNA. Going off of a DNA database of samples submitted by volunteers, the site offers “participation kits” that lets you join the database, helping family find you even as you’re finding them.
  4. mitosearch—This no frills search engine is ideal for those who want to quickly begin their genealogical research. You can also compare yourself to users of the site, offering a useful way to find new friends—and even old family.
  5. WorldGenWeb Project—While offering search engines like many sites, WorldGenWeb is much more specific, hosting specific websites for different regions across the globe. These regions are easy to search, and maintained by volunteers—and the site is always looking for those willing to help others in their genealogical quests.
  6. The Federation of East European Family History Societies—Named one of the 101 best sites for genealogy, this site offers a little of everything for genealogical researchers. Hosting resources for different regions and featuring heritage websites of different members, this site’s primary focus is more academic in nature, offering links to various genealogical journals and conferences from around the world.
  7. Access Genealogy: A Free Genealogy Resource—Another no-frills site, Access Genealogy has resources broken down into very specific areas. These include cemetery records, military records, census records, Bible records, and more!
  8. The Ancestry Insider—This site has one very specific purpose: to analyze all aspects of Ancestry.com and Familysearch.com. Sometimes this means defending them, and sometimes it means criticizing them…in all of their actions, however, the site serves as a valuable resource for keeping the world of genealogical research honest.
  9. FamilySearch—The aforementioned FamilySearch offers a quick, registration-free search for ancestors. It also helps you find your nearest family history center—ideal for those eager to pursue genealogy, and not knowing where to begin.
  10. Ancestry.com—Also featuring a free family search, Ancestry.com offers a good mixture of quick searches and in-depth records. Additionally, it offers “recent buzz” about genealogy from sources like the LA Times and USA Today, helping you keep track of rising trends in genealogy.
  11. DistantCousin.com: Archive of Genealogical Data and Document Images—While it does offer the online surname search you’ve come to expect, DistantCousin.com packs in some pleasant surprises. These primarily include image records (such as newspapers, obituaries, and school yearbooks), which supplement the directories in helping you find ancestral information.
  12. Family Tree Magazine—This site provides an ideal beginning for researching your genealogy. It features free how-tos, free downloadable forms, an active forum and a monthly podcast, in addition to offering deep discounts on the print magazine.
  13. FamilySearch Labs: Future Tools to Dig Up the Past—User participation is at the forefront of FamilySearch Labs: as they put, they need your input to “refine new ideas” about genealogy technologies that “aren’t ready for prime time.” More of a site for the leisurely researcher, this offers you an opportunity to find a diamond in the rough—one of these unmarketed projects may hold the key to your genealogy!
  14. Find a Grave—As the name implies, this site’s specialty is in helping you find images of graves, whether of famous people or of your own ancestors. As an added bonus, there’s a discussion forum and a macabre online store of grave-related paraphernalia.
  15. Heritage Quest Online—This no frills site offers quick access to census records, books, and specialized databases. Having been around for 10 years, Heritage Quest is a genealogy search that you can trust.
  16. Internment.net: Cemetery Records Online—This site offers transcriptions from over 5,000 cemeteries across the world. In addition to offering regional searches and an informative blog, Internment.net also lets you publish your own transcriptions online.
  17. MortalitySchedules.com: free search through census mortality schedules—Specializing in offering information above and beyond what was put into census data, this site offers a new way of exploring genealogy. Searches are broken down by state, rather than region, making your inquires more specific.
  18. GenealogyBank.com: Explore Your Family in History—Boasting the largest newspaper archive for family history research, this site is an invaluable resource for your research. Offering monthly, annual, and trial subscriptions, this site’s ready access to over 2400 historical newspapers and documents will keep you coming back for more.
  19. Footnote: The Place for Original Historical Documents Online—Offering a search by names, events, or dates, this site also features a high level of user participation. Featuring over 2500 uploads by members per week, this membership site offers a chance for you to join an entire community of genealogy enthusiasts.
  20. Newspaper Abstracts: Finding Our Ancestors in the News!—As the name implies, this site lets you search newspapers by state, county, and event. Precise information is supplied about the paper itself, making it easier for you to obtain the full article.

They say it best

Home care provides patients with the ultimate gift of compassion at a time when their world has been turned upside down.

There are many ways to describe the emotional benefits of healing in your own home, but the people who really say it best are those who have experienced home care first-hand.

Hear who you're helping

Our home-health care provider, Marilyn, has been an absolute God-send to our family. Our son has a brain injury that has caused a lot of problems. He has problems from remembering things like when to eat to not knowing to watch out for danger. I would never be able to take a break from everyday life if not for Marilyn. She displays sympathy as well as empathy. We are so blessed to have her sit with our son and be able to have our minds at ease.

–Paula Hill, mother of a home-care patient in Grayson County, KY.

The personnel we dealt with on the phone and those coming to our home were wonderful. We felt they were competent and caring. The home care providers who traveled and came to our home were very nice, especially to my mom. They were skilled in medical procedures and willing to explain medical issues. My mom loved the occupational therapist and was very sad when she left. To all the compassionate, accomplished people who came and helped my mom through her recovery of her broken arm, I thank you ever so much.

–Jesse Applebury, son of a home-care patient, Hamilton, MT.

I had heard a lot about home care nurses, but you don't realize what they are like until they come into your home to take care of you. My nurse was thorough, caring and really made me feel safe when she was there. She gave me tips to help me feel better and get me moving again. I know this sounds cliché, but she was like a 'guardian angel.' She truly cared about my health problem and me and even better, she knew how to deal with my health problem. She had answers for all of my questions. She really knew what she was doing. She was a true professional.

–Charles “Chuck” Beck, home-care patient, Allison Park, PA.

I recently saw a heart-transplant patient – who is also a diabetic – on a daily basis. A telehealth monitor was installed that transmitted vital signs twice daily to our office. This enabled our telehealth nurse to detect a needed change in medication, which she was able to coordinate with the physician and prevent a re-hospitalization. Each day I covered a different topic with the patient to educate and empower her. She stated her goal was to get her strength back, and we worked toward that objective. I watched as the patient was transformed from very anxious to very confident that she could manage her condition.

–Mary Brown, Registered Nurse, Baptist Home Health Center, Little Rock, AK.

Thanks to home care, my Mom, Rita Lennon, was able to stay in her own apartment and then stay with me for only about a week before she dies. She lived for more than 10 years with COPD and osteoarthritis that was very debilitating. Without the intervention and care provided by her team of nurses, therapists and home-health aides, she would have had to go into a nursing home. She would have been very unhappy and I certainly did not want that for her. She lived and died with dignity and our family could not have done it without the help of home care and hospice.

–Joyce Lennon McFadden, daughter of home-care patient, Hull, MA.

Home Care Statistics

Nearly 12 million Americans now rely on home health care. Medicare covers only 3.5 million of them.

78 million Baby Boomers are nearing retirement age. Scientific studies indicate they will experience higher rates of chronic illness.

Twelve percent of Americans with chronic illnesses are responsible for 75 percent of U.S. health care costs.

Nurses, therapists, home care aides, and others who serve elderly and disabled home-care patients drive nearly 5 billion miles each year, caring for nearly 12 million patients in 428 million visits.

Home Care is Right for These Economic Times

As our nation deals with the worst economic crisis in decades and millions of lost jobs, home care is providing thousands of new jobs for American workers. From 1993 to 2007, home care employment grew an average of 5.4 percent annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that many of the most needed jobs now and in the future will be in home care (including the top two: personal care aides and home health aides).