Have you ever wondered about your genealogy? There is no denying that we have, at least once in our lives, tried to find our lineage online. There must be some grandfather that your mom has mentioned once that tickled your curiosity and had you searching for answers in the web. With thousands of websites online, on reputable hosting companies, claiming that they have information about your ancestry, it can be quite confusing which are the ones you should trust and which are the ones you shouldn’t. You can refer to a variety of online resources to find your ancestors, but make sure to find websites with good reputation and a safe platform from web hosting to site security.
But before going online, you should verify the information that you need to search. As the saying goes, there’s no smoke if there’s no fire. Ask your parents or your other relatives more details about your ancestry and take note of those pieces of information. Know more than just their names, and ask about their birthdates, birthplaces, what they did for a living, cause of death, and place of death. These details are necessary to help you find your ancestors.
There are a lot of websites out there claiming that they have the information you need. If you had enough information about a single person, and you came across a website that shares the same information that you have, chances are that this website has more access to accurate information. You can then subscribe to their services. Most ancestry sites will require a subscription before you can access their whole database, but they will give you adequate information first about your search so that you know they can be trusted. However, if you are unwilling to use your credit card for such services, there are also websites out there that only require your information so that they can add you to their database in case you have relatives out in the world who might also be searching for you.
The downside of these websites that only require information that can be input by anyone is that their data may not be as accurate as those websites which have actual access to documents about people who actually existed. These websites are backed up by public records and are allowed by the government to share certain information about some individuals. But if you are keen on keeping your wallet untouched with your online search, it might be difficult, but it’s still possible.
The easiest way to do so is by searching the name of your supposed ancestors on a search engine. There are literature such as news articles, books, research papers, and public domain lists that will appear containing the names that you are looking for. These articles may contain details about their lives. These data will help you connect the dots and fill up your family tree. As long as you have the patience and dedication to search millions of pages online about your ancestry, you are bound to find answers.