It is very common for most people to wonder where they came from and who their ancestors are. According to Wikipedia, Genealogy is defined as “the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history.”
There are numerous ways of doing genealogy work and finding out your family history and tracing your lineage such as using websites with paid tools or genealogy software like these.
In a recent report by Australian news site SunshineCoastDaily, Irma Deas, president of the Ipswich Genealogical Society was interviewed about her interest and experience with genealogy.
Irmas ancestors arrived in Australia in 1789 coming from Scotland.
“I found bits and pieces written and kept by my grandmother and they stirred my interest,” Irma said. “You get to the stage where you want to know where you came from. My great-grandfather died on the way out from Germany on the boat, in 1865, of cholera. He died six days out from Tasmania.”
“I went to Scotland and Cornwall to visit where my ancestors came from,” Irma said.
“Personal computers were not even heard of, and all our research was done by buying certificates – which were cheap in comparison to what we pay today – and searching through books to glean any information we could on the lives of our early settlers, visiting the Titles Office, the State Library or the State Archives.”
If you’d like to learn more about genealogy, all of the information required to do genealogy work is out there and readily available. For certain churches such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, information about genealogy is all provided for free, and the church always encourages members to do do genealogy work in order to perform certain ordinances for those that have passed on.
If you don’t have access to a free genealogy service or if you don’t want to buy the sometimes pricey genealogy software, there are a number of free sites that have access to real data so you can do genealogy work and find out whatever you’d like about your past. Here’s that list on MakeUseOf featuring 10 of the best free genealogy websites.
The most famous genealogy website is probably Ancestry.com or Family Tree. Although they are not free, they have some pretty good reviews and Family Tree even offers a social networking site application so it works with Facebook.
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