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Many individuals interested in genealogy research are unsure of the resources available to them. Three of the best resources are given below as well as information on how to best make use of them.
The internet can be a useful tool in beginning your genealogy research or in filling in some holes you may have in your family tree.
There are many sites available that give you free access to genealogical records, but they are often limited. There are also many sites created by individuals of the genealogy work they have done on their family. These sites can be quite helpful, but only if your family tree intersects with theirs.
As with any search on the internet you must be careful with the validity of websites and information you find. There is no review required of genealogical information that individuals post on the internet so there is a chance that the long lost relative you find doesn’t exist at all.
As the largest library of its kind, the LDS Family History Library is an excellent resource for your genealogy research. It houses over 2.4 million rolls of microfilm, 278,000 books, and over 2 billion names in various databases.
This all may seem a bit intimidating, and rightfully so. A library of this size would be difficult to navigate on your own. Luckily, the library employs over 100 employees and approximately 400 trained volunteers.
The main difficulty you may have is accessing the library from where you live. The LDS Family History Library is located in Salt Lake City in the state of Utah. There are various family history centers worldwide that have access to some of the library’s resources, but are not nearly as extensive as the library in Salt Lake City.
Many who do not wish to try their luck with internet searches and cannot access the LDS Family History Library look to professional genealogists for assistance.
Professional Genealogists are required to obtain a college degree in genealogy research or another related field. They must become certified by an approved board and complete a certain number of hours in the specific area in which they wish to become accredited or certified.
After becoming certified, professional genealogists have the tools and experience to do genealogy research effectively and efficiently. They know where to look and have easy access to many resources that individuals overlook or are not aware of. If you’re tired of running into dead ends on the internet and don’t have access to the LDS Family History Library a professional genealogist is a great resource.
About the Author:
Kent Fairbourn is a snake enthusiast, automotive designer, and Client Account Specialist for 10x Marketing, an Internet marketing company. Go now to Heirlines Family History and Genealogy for a Free professional Genealogy Consultation.