An outline of the core principles of genealogical research and sources of information.
Starting Your Genealogy Research
The USGenWeb Project offers step-by-step instructions with links to useful tools and a list of common research mistakes.
Top Ten Tips for Starting Your Family History
Try one or more of these tips to break into genealogy, from the Society of Genealogists.
Be a Family History Detective
The PBS show History Detective Special Investigations solves historical mysteries, and this article shares their techniques for finding family history clues.
Family History Research
An introductory guide with cautions for wise use of the Internet, verifying information, and respecting the privacy of relatives.
Oral History Interview, Questions, and Topics
A list of 83 questions that can be used to generate a family history interview.
Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History
A comprehensive outline of the process of planning and recording an interview, with tips on how to ask questions, pinpoint problems, and self-evaluation.
History of Genealogy and Family History
An explanation of the British tradition of recorded genealogies and the development of family history societies can be found here.
Genealogy 101: Family History and More
This article introduces methods for collecting and organizing family research and ways to improve these skills.
Ancestry Charts and Forms
Download an ancestral pedigree chart, a family group sheet, and other forms to organize genealogical research.
Using Maps in Genealogy (PDF)
Maps are an important tool in tracing the movement of a family. The U.S. Geological Survey discusses how to use maps, the best types of maps, and where to find them.
Preserving Your Photographs (PDF)
The curator of sound and visual collections at the Minnesota Historical Society gives advice on how to identify and store photos, windows to the past.
Preservation of Artifacts
Discover the factors that can damage historical memorabilia, and learn how to preserve textiles, paper, photos, and items made of metal, leather, or wood.
Some Fun and Things To Look For
Take a Genealogy Quiz
Have a little fun and test your family research knowledge.
Ten Things You May Not Know
About the Roosevelts
This article about President F. D. Roosevelt highlights some of the things a genealogist looks for: interesting relatives, a marriage certificate, and family stories.
More Specific Research
Genealogy Research in Military Records
A guide for researching military records from The National Archives.
Personnel Records and Muster Rolls
The U.S. Coast Guard explains how to access service records for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel, and lighthouse keepers.
Researching Individual Immigrant Records
Finding the right immigration and nationality records is simplified by this outline of dates and resources from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Genealogical Research Tips
The U.S. Department of Interior explains how to begin a search for ancestors, with a special emphasis on Native American genealogy.
Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress (PDF)
What type of research genealogists should do before going to the Library of Congress. What resources they can expect to find in its Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.
Overview of the history of Ellis Island
Ellis Island opened as a federal immigration station in 1892. Between 1900 and 1914 the U.S.A. saw its largest growth of immigrants: many of them came through immigration on Ellis Island, as many as between 5,000 and 10,000 every day. This page also has links to other relevant sites.
Ellis Island Immigration Records
Information on millions of ship passengers arriving at Ellis Island and the Port of New York can be accessed: Click the blue button "Passenger Search" in the upper right corner.
Family Business: How You Find It and Keep It
Surname origins, cemetery searches, take an impression of a gravestone, primary and secondary sources, African American and Native American genealogy resources, and more.