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					Over the past decade or so, it has become quite common for families to
want to find out their heritage through ancestry searches. While these
searches can sometimes be difficult to navigate and roadblocks may be
reached, there are several resources available that can make your
ancestry searches more fruitful and informational.

First and foremost, there are some pay sites that compile quite a bit of
information from around the country including census records, birth
records, death records and marriage records. Just about every state is
included in these pay sites, making ancestry searches quite a bit easier
through this venue rather than trying to find these records on a state by
state basis. These, of course, do cost some money. In my opinion, these
sites are worth the money because it is very nice to have all the
information at your fingertips, especially if you are unable to spend
very much time on your ancestry searches.

If you choose to not pay for these websites, there are other options
available. There are now family search libraries in many cities around
the country that are available to do free ancestry searches in their
record collections. These are operated and compiled by the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but you do not have to be a church
member in order to utilize these services. In addition to their
libraries, there is also a website available to do name searches for
mother, father and spousal information on particular queries. This is a
very useful site, and again it is free.

During my ancestry searches, I have found that a combination of using the
pay sites and the free Latter Day Saints site is the way to go. There
have been some pieces of information that I have found on the pay sites
that was not listed on the fee site, and surprisingly there was quite a
bit of information available on the free site that was not able to be
found on the pay sites.

It is always good to have a starting point with ancestry searches,
preferably at least two generations back from you. However, even if you
just know your parents’ names, you should be able to navigate yourself
back pretty far to find out your relatives. It can be frustrating work,
but ancestry searches are well worth the time when you see where you came
from.

				
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