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Cool Genealogy Tools

Just as the Internet offers access to millions of records, it also provides tools and forms to help you make sense of it all. As you interview family members, obtain copies of birth certificates and draw your family tree, you must know how to organize it all. It may seem a little obsessive to check off every step in archiving audio, photo or video records, but when you lose priceless information from a since-dead relative, it won't seem strange at all.

While organizing your research, be sure to note the sources you use. Sourcing your findings is important to maintain their credibility, said Becky Kemp, product manager of FamilySearch.

Free forms and helpful charts abound on the Net. Before your research gets hard to manage, check out "Supplies, Charts, Forms, Etc." at Cyndi's List. You'll find hundreds of links to downloadable charts, mailing lists and vendors.

Ancestor Detective Freebies provides downloadable research calendars to help neaten your search. Family Tree Magazine offers a wide variety of downloadable forms that can be hard to find elsewhere on the Internet, including a military records checklist and cemetery transcription form. Everton's Free Forms has a pedigree chart and family group sheet.




Besides forms and charts, other Internet tools can aid your research. Having trouble understanding a document written in a foreign language? FreeTranslation.com lets visitors translate text from several languages including Spanish, Portuguese, and Norwegian.

Posting a query online is a great way to connect with people researching the same surname. GenForum hosts discussion groups for every surname from Aalseth to Zyzelewski. You'll also find forums for locations and many genealogy topics.

GEDCOM files are a common way to store family trees via computer. The GED Browser allows users to convert these files into HTML format.

Using the Soundex Machine, part of the National Archives, amateur genealogists can enter a surname into the search engine and receive the corresponding code that will allow them to request the correct roll of census microfilm. This code allows users to look up names that may be listed under various spellings.




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