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June 20th, 2006, 08:55 AM
** Mandy **
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Has anyone put together a family tree? How did you do it? What does it look like?
Any good free resources that you have found that helped you research?

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June 20th, 2006, 10:08 AM
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I just sort of did it on my own, breaking everyone up in generations, whose children belong to who and so on. I plan on having it professtionally done for all my children in a few years, starting with them, going all the way I can.
Most family tree websites I found you need to be a paying member. That is why I did mine on my own.

**FYI my brain is mush today lol so I don't care today how I use the whose whom, who's, etc. I am usually a stickler for grammar and will look it up but not today.
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June 20th, 2006, 10:46 AM
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I have researched my and DH's genealogy in depth. I used a computer program to store my info and unfortunately when we had our computer redone EVERYTHING was lost (major communication break-down with DH!!). Thirteen years of research went poof. Luckily I do have hard copies of most it so I can put it back together when I regain trust in the computer again.

Actually, the pursuit of the information was the most fun. I found Revolutionary War soldiers, 1812 Soldiers, Native Americans, Confederates, Yankees, double first cousins, family rifts and even some family scandals! I really enjoyed doing mine so much I did my husband's, several neighbors (I found out I'm distantly related to one of them) and I also found that two co-workers were 5th cousins.

I did most of my information at the archives for my state (Alabama). I used to live in Montgomery and before I had children I went EVERY Saturday morning for about 5 years. I also used larger cities libraries which have genealogy sections--some are better than others. There is some free information available on-line but it is very hit-and-miss--like if you are looking for someone in Montgomery County Alabama, the 1860 Census might be on-line, but other years aren't.

I do have a membership to Ancestry.com if you would like help getting started or have specific questions you want me to look up (like if you're looking for a specific person or family in the 1900 census or something like that.) Good luck! It's a lot of fun!

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