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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

Finding out about my heritage?

Is there anything i can do to find out were my ancestors are from? Both my parents are from Spain, making my Ethnicity to be Spanish. I live in the usa right now, and people usually tell me i look different. I usually get Serbian or Ukrainian or Russian, and i've gotten Swedish once. Usually they say Russian or Serbian, basically Eastern European. I've asked my parents about it and they say as far as they know all of our ancestors have been Spanish, they've shown me really old pictures and stuff like that. Is there a way to check if there is a East European ancestor...or two?

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    There is an excellent tutorial for those who are new to family research at http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ; everyone starting out in genealogy should understand the basics and this tutorial covers them. After you complete the tutorial, the following is a basic plan and generally only requires the tools that you already have like your computer and Internet service provider.

    So, start with your birth certificate, which has your parents, and then ask your parents for copies of their birth certificates, which will have your grandparents on them. Then if you grandparents are living, continue the process. At some point, you will experience a problem depending on when you grandparents or great grandparents were born, in that; birth certificates did not exist before the early 1900s. You need to get back to 1930 with personal records because those types of records are not available to the public for 50 to 100 years depending on the jurisdiction in which they are held and census records which are quite valuable in tracing our ancestors movements are not available before 1930 at this time.

    By copying or ordering these documents, you have gone to relatively little expense and you have three generations plus yourself and you have it documented with primary documents. That will give you 2 parents, 4 grandparents, and 8 great grandparents names to start researching. Now, you can use death certificates, marriage records, census records, immigration records, church records, court records and many other sources to research your ancestry. Your public libraries will most likely have both Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest free for anyone to use while at the library and with a library card you should be able to use Heritage Quest at home.

    Another free online resource is the LDS/Mormon site, which has many free online records and original documents on their pilot site at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.h... . They have also just added a new Beta site that has a few more databases, which you might find useful http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/collection/list . In addition to their online records, they have Family History Centers where you can go for personalized help with research and look at microfilm and while they will not do your research for you they will help you, a lot. They only charge if they have to order something specifically for you or you need photocopies and their charges are minimal. Look on the home page of their website to find a location near you and call to check hours of operation. http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Home/Welcome/home.... …this website is also where the Social Security Death Index is located.

    Additionally, USGen Web is another free online resource at http://www.usgenweb.org/ . This site is packed with how-to tips, queries and records for every state and most counties within those states. Then, there is Rootsweb at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ a free site hosted by Ancestry.com where you can search for surnames, post queries on the message boards and subscribe to surname mailing lists.

    Also, be sure to check each state that you need information from as many have their own projects, for example, the state of Missouri has a great website that has many free source documents online at http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/ and South Carolina has many free wills and other court documents at http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/sea...

    Also, Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Websites, 2010 http://familytreemagazine.com/article/101-Best-Web... You may have to register for their free newsletter to access this list but you will find that helpful also.

    And the only site that is included on this list which has some links that are free and some that are fee is Cyndi’s List but it will be well worth your time to look through the list for the free websites because of their quality: http://www.cyndislist.com/

    Also, you can come back here for help with specific questions or search our archives for more “ genealogy sources”.

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  • hren
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Information discovered in loved ones bushes on the internet sites have to be obvious as clues now not as truth. Most of it's not documented and even supposing you spot the identical infomation from distinct folks submitted over and over again, plenty of copying is being performed. You first have to get as so much knowledge out of your loved ones, primarily your senior individuals as viable, earlier than you begin your seek.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes ... try ancestry .com

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