100 Places to Start
9/28/2009
Take your research from coast to coast from the comfort of your computer with our guide to the top 100 Web sites for finding your ancestors in the United States and Canada.

Finding your ancestors is inextricably bound up with questions of place: Where did they live and where did they go? Where are those records? Understanding a region's settlement patterns and the records created as its history unfolded is vital to answering those questions. Next, you need to know where to look, especially as the Internet has brought resources out of dusty archives and put them at your fingertips (if only you knew where to click online!).

Wherever across North America your ancestors called home, the editors of Family Tree Magazine have an exciting new resource that will orient you, put your past in context and tell you where to go—in person or online—to explore your family tree. It's the Family Tree Guide Book, more than 300 information-packed pages covering the essentials of research in the United States and Canada.

This book includes expert advice on getting started, state-by-state and province-by-province resource directories, plus in-depth guides to genealogy and history in 38 major cities from coast to coast. It also features spotlights on African-American and Native American research. Authors include many of the biggest names in genealogy, among them Emily Anne Croom, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Maureen A. Taylor and Paula and James Warren.

What sets the new Guide Book apart from any other genealogy reference is its focus on Internet research. Here at Family Tree Magazine, we embrace the Internet as a key tool for today's family historians, and we scour the Web to bring you the best resources. Of course, you still do have to go out of the house eventually to find your family tree, but the Internet can jump-start your genealogy and help you plan your research trips.

As a sample of the Web-savvy information the Family Tree Guide Book puts at your fingertips, we've picked 100 of the thousands of sites in the book. This "Top 100" list represents some of our favorite sites targeted to finding your ancestors in the United States and Canada. (For more general sites, foreign sites and those on such topics as old photos, military records and immigration, see our annual "101 Best Web Sites" roundup in the August 2002 issue, or visit www.familytreemagazine.com/101sites/2002.) Wherever possible, we've concentrated on sites that connect you with real records. Our list includes at least one site for every state and province, plus key national and regional Web destinations.

We suggest using this "Top 100" as a jumping-off point for your online genealogical research. For more Web sites—and information about libraries, archives, Family History Centers, organizations, living history destinations, books, CD-ROMs, Internet mailing lists, even places to stay and dine near favorite genealogy destinations—look to the Family Tree Guide Book. Published by Betterway Books, the Guide Book is on sale now at your favorite bookstore, or you can order it directly from www.familytreemagazine.com/store or by calling toll-free (800) 448-0915. At just $19.99, we modestly think it's the best investment you'll ever make in tracing your roots (after a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, of course).

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