Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History
Tips for Beginners
Getting Started in Genealogy
Dear Myrtle's Genealogy Lessons - This one looks more in depth than most of the other beginner's guides listed here. You may not have time to go through all of this, but the more you take time for, the more equipped you will be for your genealogy research.
State Library of North Carolina's Guide - Some of this is NC-specific, but much of it is general info. Good discussion of state and federal Vital Records. The principles of researching state records given here will apply to other states as well.
Guide - Since RootsWeb is a powerful genealogy site on the Internet, this
tends to give good info about using computers and the internet for genealogical
Okay, let's say you have read one or more of the above "how to" guides. You've collected all the info you can from your family sources, set your goals, and you have some idea of what vital records to look for. Where do you go in Georgia to do research?
You also may want to visit or otherwise contact a Society near the location that interests you:
Georgia Genealogical Society
- in Atlanta, GA
Central Georgia Genealogical Society - in Warner Robbins (near Macon), GA
Augusta Genealogical Society - in Augusta, GA
Georgia Historical Society - in Savannah, GA
See also our genealogy links page for a fuller list of genealogical/historical societies in Georgia.
Ken Thomas (AJC Genealogy columnist)
NOTE: Even if you don't live in GA as you are reading this web page, the
above list of sites should be fairly helpful. The "Genealogy Libraries"
link above shows libraries for the whole U.S. Most decent Genealogy
Libraries will have at least some resources on GA. Also, from the FHC
pages above, you can find FHCs outside GA. They will have resources
to research any area in the world. And check out our "Genealogy Links"
page below. Some of the links it gives may have more info about resources
in your area.
Finally, don't neglect computer/internet resources. Check out these other pages on this site:
- programs to capture all the info you'll be gathering
Genealogy Links on the Internet - these days you can do a lot of genealogy research from your computer at home!
Occasionally we have received emails asking about specific lookups for people outside GA who are reading this page. Our group does not do this service, but there are other groups who do. This link:
Georgia Genealogy Lookups
provides a good list. The "Georgia Random Acts" and "USGenNet Georgia" links are among the most generally useful for any kinds of lookups, but some of the other links are also useful.