Searching for Your Heritage Online
Robin Nobles

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Our individual heritage fascinates most of us. We are interested in our ancestors, in where they lived, in which wars they fought, and in how they arrived at their present location.

More and more people are working on their family trees and histories. After all, if we do not capture and organize the information now, it could be lost for future generations. A guided tour though some of the more useful Internet sites should help you begin or continue the task of unraveling your story.

Let's begin at the "Best Genealogy Links on the WWW", where you'll discover links for beginning researchers as well as sites of interest to the most seasoned genealogists.

How about a site that boasts over 23,450 links in over 70 categories? At "Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet", you'll find categories such as Adoption, Asia & the Pacific, African-American, Cemeteries & Funeral Homes, and even Family Bibles.

If any of your ancestors fought in the Civil War, be sure to visit "The Electric Cemetery Home Page: Genealogy, Civil War". Major projects include 8576 Union soldiers buried in Oklahoma, the 8th Iowa Calvary, and the sinking of the steamship Sultana near Memphis. If you are new to genealogy, stop by Genealogy Helpers, where you'll find relationship information about cousins several times removed, or a perpetual calendar that shows every day of the week from the year 1753 to the year 2000.

Search on if you are still looking for something intriguing. How about the Index of Surnames? Native American Genealogy? Canadian Genealogy? Genealogy Newsgroups and Mailing Lists? You'll find it all plus much more at "A Barrel of Genealogy Links".

Visit the "Genealogy Home Page" where you'll learn how maps can help you trace your family tree. Learn of upcoming genealogy events and tips on helping you get started. Do you have Irish roots or maybe Italian roots? If so, you'll find resources to help you, as well as genealogy help in areas such as Polish military history, Scottish ancestry, and Cuban genealogy.

Discover additional online resources that will help you in your genealogy search at "Genealogy Listservers, Newsgroups, and Special Home Pages". The resources are broken down by letters of the alphabet so it's easy to look for specific surnames or geographical areas.

At "Treasure Maps, the How-to Genealogy Site", you'll find five steps to getting started on your family tree, a tutorial on deciphering old handwriting, and a tutorial on U.S. Federal Census.

"Online Genealogical Database Index" features a massive compilation of links to genealogical databases searchable through the Net, and it is also linked to GenDex, which reportedly has more than 2,000,000 entries.

Robin Nobles is a freelance writer.

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