A while ago, my husband and I did the Ancestry DNA test. The results tend to get your mind to cranking, and you wonder what information is out there regarding your family.
FamilySearch.org provides a free, easy to use website where you can create a family tree. It has a lot of information, but the holder of the information is Ancestry.com. They have it all, but they charge to access it. However, they do give you two free weeks with an automatic charge coming on that last day. If you sign in the day before and cancel the subscription you can avoid the $10-35 charge on your account depending upon which service you signed up for.
If you have some free time, two weeks really is quite a bit of time to research. You may not be able to get everything finalized, but you can round up a lot of information from census reports, city directories, marriage and death certificates, military and criminal records, grave sites, newspaper articles – it’s all there.
If you get lucky, you might even hit a part of the tree that someone else has spent a tremendous amount of time researching. When I clicked on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family, someone had traced them back to early 1500’s in England, Sr. William Bell and Lady Joan Matthew, with family emigrating to Roxbury, Massachusetts, and the rest as they say is history.
Whether you want to pay for the service or do it free of charge, your work stays on line and accessible to you. Information on deceased people is public while information on living people is private.
I’m not promoting anything, but if you do get the bug to do a little searching, there’s definitely a lot of info out there available. Happy Tuesday. 🙂