Can I trace family history for free?
I'm trying to trace the genealogy in my family back to Germany. The name I have to go on is Thieme - which is a German surname - if that can help anyone help me. I wanted to know if there is a place I could look it up and trace it back for free.
My great-great-grandparents are the only ones who immigrated from Germany to America. To be more specific, I want to find the Thiemes that lived in Germany and staid their up until post-WWII.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yes, Shane, there are free websites. You can also go to a public library and use www.ancestry.com or www.heritagequest.com or use their periodicals for books for free. Ask all your living relatives for as much information as they can provide, take good notes, then organize (alphabetically, chronologically, whatever works for you) then search for your ancestors.
Here, then, is a list:
Assuming they emigrated from Europe, start with Ellis Island and the Battery Conservancy sites:
For Scotland, check:
For ship’s passenger lists, try:
For those with native American ancestry, try:
For a fee, try a DNA test:
When you really want to know where your ancestors came from, try such sites as: www.familytreedna.com, dnatribes.com, dnaancestryproject.com, and, of course, the National Geographics Genotype program, https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/geno...
For Jewish ancestry, try:
For people from India, try:
Have a look at these sites these are South African ones,
Meaning of names:
Here are some general sites with lists of African names:
Keep good notes on where you find what: sources are very important.
Some other sites:
smartpages.com. to get to US Search
For searching for live people, etc.
www.zabasearch.com and www.peoplefinder.com
Many sites have links to other sites. In my own case, I have so much info that I just do not have time to incorporate it all.
Good luck and have fun!Source(s): genealogical research
- wendy cLv 71 decade ago
Finding the 'right' answer for you, involves knowing exactly what the question might be. And what you mention really is kind of vague.
If your ancestor of that name immigrated, your goal is to FIND the location where they were born. Your statement that Thieme is a German name is not backed up by what I see in familysearch.org. If you run a quick search on that site, it will clearly show that the name Thieme occurs in numerous places, not just Germany.
Trying to trace SURNAMES is a huge waste of effort. You need to trace the actual persons, by looking in the documents of where they came from.
As for persons of that name who remained in Germany.. again, if you are hoping to find someone who "has the family history".. that may or may not happen.
So.. my advice to you is to come back to your immigrant ancestor, the individual person with that name. Identify YOUR DOCUMENTATION relating to that specific person. I am not saying that he/she did not come from Germany. You may have a document that confirms this. If so, that is good, and that is what you build on.
On the other hand.. if you are trying to build on the idea that "this is a German surname", you are working from the wrong angle. I do see many persons with this name on the immigration lists that originate in the German area.
What is going to be useful TO YOU is to be specific about your own ancestor.
- 1 decade ago
I went there to make a tree and it would give me information if I typed in a name and it would search its files to see if that name is close to others..
i love that site.. do the free version too
- 1 decade ago
go to www.tracemyfamilyhistory.comSource(s): tracemyfamilyhistory.com