9 Top FREE Genealogical Websites

As I was preparing for an upcoming genealogical presentation, I did an internet search for the top FREE genealogical websites.  Specifically, I was looking for sites that were suited for the beginning researcher. This is a short yet, comprehensive list that will allow you to explore (or for some revisit) a large range of resources that will help you on your journey.

Over the next 9 days I will highlight a different website. Take time to visit the website and see what it has to offer. Every researcher should create their own toolkit of resources. This toolkit should expand and change overtime as your needs and research changes.

Happy Hunting!

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Nichelle ~

USGENWeb

  1. USGenWeb Project  http://usgenweb.org/

H   R   S   FREE

Explore a directory to websites containing free genealogical resources for every US state and most counties. Quality, content and design varies from site to site. You’ll commonly find what local resources exist and how to access them, along with indexes to cemetery, marriage and other local records. Share your own records on these sites, too. This is a site with a lot of depth. You can search by state and by county as well as connect to researcher who are searching specific areas.

Code services offered: H 
=how-tos, R =records; S =share your data and T =tools.

Bonus – http://www.kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb Online Kentucky Genealogy Resources.

 

USGENWeb

 

Memorial Day

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My Aunt Rosie’s Headstone.

As the holiday fast approaches many people are planning cookouts, family gatherings and enjoying time off. For a lot of people part of the holiday tradition includes visiting cemeteries and placing flowers on the grave stones of loved ones.

This is one of my families traditions. Since, I was a child, I’ve visited the cemetery with my Mom, Aunts and Grandmother  to honor our loved ones. As we walked among the graves my relatives would describe ancestors who passed away many years before I was born. This helped me to get to know my ancestors beyond names and dates and black & white photographs.

Now that I am older, I realize how precious that tradition was and is. My beloved Granny (Anna Mae) used to walk the graves with us. She is no longer with us and I visit her grave now which is beside my Grandpa. My Daughter and Son walk with me and pay honor to our ancestors. I hope this is a tradition that they will maintain and pass on to their children.

This is a great time to document the location of headstones, grave and row and what cemetery they are located in. It also helps to take pictures of the headstones in relation to landmarks (fences, trees).

Have a safe Memorial Day !

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grand-baby

Nichelle ~

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My Uncle’s Headstone.
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My family surrounding my Father’s Headstone.

 

Tell Me Now . . .

Sisters
Sisters

Today was the Homegoing Service (Funeral) for my Great Aunt Louise. She was the youngest sibling of my Grandmother, Anna Mae. We were not particularly close. However, I did enjoy seeing her, no matter how infrequently. She always had a warm smile and big laugh and I was always glad to see her. She and my Grandmother talked weekly and always knew what was going on in each other’s extended family. This closeness didn’t really manifest itself to my generation.

She had been sick for sometime. Auntie (my mother’s oldest sister) kept me apprised on her general wellbeing. Auntie had told me several weeks ago, that nothing else could be done to deal with her illness. I dutifully placed her name on the prayer list of my church, and continued to also pray for her myself.

The day arrived when she made her final transition. I knew she was no longer in pain and had gone onto a better place.

As I read her life history, I marveled once again how fleeting life is and how small things overtime build a life. Where we were born, what school we attended, where we worked, civic activities and who we leave behind to mourn us. It’s very hard to truly convey one person’s life. There are so many relationships, jobs, family members and other triumphs and set backs along the way.

As I watched my Uncle Clarence, her only brother and the last remaining sibling say his final goodbye to her earthly shell. I wondered what does that feel like to be the last person standing. He has children and grandchildren, but nothing is quite the same as a sibling, someone you’ve known your entire life. The persons(s) you fought with and protected and shared confidences with. I wonder what it will be like for him to carry on without her.

In 1989, I lost 2 Aunts and my Dad, All in one year. It was quite a blow, one that took years to recover from. From that time I learned that we don’t have as much time as we think. We shouldn’t put off telling people how much we care.

Many years ago I found a poem titled, Tell Me Now. It said, don’t wait to tell me you love me. Don’t wait till I’m gone to cry for me and try to embrace me.

If you have any tender feeling for me, express it now. I’ve searched for that poem, but it has eluded me. Nevertheless, its meaning stays with me.

I would encourage you to hug your family, make up with your enemies and savor the sweet taste of life that we currently enjoy. The only constant is change, these are the good old days

Sisters
Sisters

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Nichelle
Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

My Maternal Grandmother, Granny, took care of me during the day, before I entered Kindergarten, while my parents were at work.  Her first and middle names was Anna Mae. And that’s the way you said it, all together Anna Mae.  Since I spent so much time with her a lot of her friends and other people in the community identified me with her very closely. I also favor her a great deal. You can see a picture of the two of us on my homepage.

When I was older and able to move about the city by myself, I would often hear the question, “Aren’t you Anna Mae’s Grandbaby?”  I would answer in the affirmative and hope that I was honoring her legacy.  I often wondered, “How in the world did all these random people know who I was?” This was many years before social media.  Later on I found out that she would show my picture (and my sisters and cousin, and much later our children) to any and everyone that she could. She bragged on us constantly. I have another story about that, but I’ll save it for another day and another post.

Granny has passed on now, however she is never far from my thoughts. She loved me unconditionally and fiercely until her last breath. I miss her so much. As I write this I can’t stop the tears from falling. However, I am so blessed to have had her in my life. Her legacy lives on in me and the rest of my family.

Nichelle

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby”

Welcome to my blog.

For several years friends and family members have encouraged me to write about my family and my genealogical searches.  Well here I am! I am excited about this new page in the story that is my life.

I first began researching when I was given an assignment in middle school, St. Andrews’ the Apostle Elementary School (K – 8), to research my family tree.  The assignment is one that many school kids are given. For me it started me on my journey of researching my family tree or genealogy.  I immediately dove head first into the assignment. I quickly wrote down my parents’ names and my maternal parents’ names.  I could even go back about 3 generations on my Mom’s paternal side.

This was the first time that I understood the term “family” had 2 sides, Maternal and Paternal.  Prior that my relatives were all lumped together.  I had a large extended family that was primarily of my Mother’s family.

This assignment started my love affair with genealogy.  This blog will discuss family history, ancestors, and descendants and how we stay connected across the generations.  Family stems from blood, marriage, adoption and often times the bonding of friends.  The Ties That Bind Us are of Love.  I hope you enjoy my blog. I hope that this will encourage you to connect with you family both past and present.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

Nichelle

“Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby“