Family Histories

In general, family histories consist of two different types of research. The Family Tree is mapped out through the use of vital statistics. Birth records, death certificates, enlistment papers, ship’s manifests, baptism certificates, obituaries, etc. are used to identify an individual’s ancestors. Secondly, stories from newspapers, local and oral histories, archival records, etc. are used to place people within the context of their times.

The following list is for the beginner who would like advice on where to start their research and how to go about it. Otherwise, please use the menu to proceed to more specific resource links. Canada | Saskatchewan

General Information:

Genealogy and Family History, Library and Archives Canada: General information for the novice Family Historian with sections entitled: How to Begin, Access the Records, Places, Topics, Ethnic Groups, Links and Related Research and, even, Ask a Question.

Genealogy Sites:

1. What is a Genealogy Site?

2. What Can I Learn About My Ancestors on Genealogy Sites?

3. How Do I Start Building My Family Tree on a Genealogy Site?

4. What Can I Get in a Free vs Paid Genealogy Site?

Examples of Genealogy Sites:

Ancestry: One of the largest genealogy sites on the web with access to over six billion genealogy records. 14-day free trials available.

Family Search: Offers free online classes teaching basic family history skills, e-mail updates on special events, the latest information on genealogy in addition to searchable databases.

Canada GenWeb: “Gateway to Free Canadian Genealogy.” Volunteer-driven resources, how-to-start information, links to various research projects and provincial GenWeb organizations with local links.