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Researching Your Genealogy

April 7, 2015
Book titled Genealogical Gazette next to paper journals.

Have you ever wondered when your ancestors came over to America? Or maybe you’d like to find out more information about the Native American relatives you’re descended from? Tracing your genealogy can be a fun and rewarding activity for the whole family! Let’s look at a few resources that can help get you started:

Georgia Archives

Take advantage of this great state resource and learn how to navigate archives, search vital records and more. As part of the University System of Georgia, they have many resources online that you can use right at home. Or you can make a visit to the Georgia Archives in Morrow, GA and get some individual help with one of their archive experts.

Ellis Island Passenger Search

The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. has a variety of online tools you can use to trace your ancestors’ passage through Ellis Island. By creating a free account, you can access detailed information about their record, or even conduct a search by the name of the ship they traveled on.  

Bureau of Indian Affairs

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has an online guide to tracing American Indian ancestry, and it can be a great starting point for exploring this side of your genealogy.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator

If you have an ancestor who served in the U.S. Military but aren't sure where they're buried, you can use the gravesite locator tool from the National Cemetery Administration and find the veteran's resting place by searching their first and last name. 

Researching your ancestry can be a great way to bring the family together. As you learn about the past, you'll be making valuable memories together here in the present. 

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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