FamilySearch is the world’s largest genealogy organization that is nonprofit and volunteer-driven — and free.
Genealogists everywhere also appreciate the free guides that are provided by RootsWeb at http://www.rootsweb.com. Under “Getting Started,” click on “RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees” and then choose (click) Index by Subjects or Numerical Index to Guides. The topics include Adoption Records, Evidence, Fraternal Organizations, GEDCOMs, Social Security Death Index, Newspapers, Orphans, Land Records (in U.S.), Military Records Worldwide, Using Technology, and many more.
These guides were written and compiled by professional genealogists Julia M. Case, Myra Vanderpool Gormley and Rhonda McClure — all experts.
One also can view RootsWeb Review Articles (found under “Getting Started”). For example a search for “SSDI” resulted in more than 100 articles pertaining to the Social Security Death Index.
GenealogyInTime Magazine also offers free helpful articles for genealogical researchers. At http://www.genealogyintime.com/genealogy-articles.html, one can select articles/guides from these topics: How to Get Started in Genealogy; How to Find Genealogy Records Online, Genealogy Brickwall Solutions; Important Genealogy Tools; Important Genealogy Trends (be sure to read the article, Fun Facts about FamilySearch); Genealogy Reference Shelf; and Miscellaneous Stuff.
Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com