Can I find out about my grandparents without having to pay?
I would like to find out out about my grandparents, I do not know the names, but is there a way of doing it without having to fork out any money
- 1 decade agoBest answer
Oh, yes! I want it, and I want it now, and it must be free. Does that about sum it up? (I hope so, because that is what I always want...)
You should start by asking all your living relatives about family history. Then, armed with that information, you can go to your public library and check to see if it has a genealogy department. Most do nowadays; also, don't forget to check at community colleges, universities, etc. Our public library has both www.ancestry.com and www.heritagequest.com free for anyone to use (no library card required).
Another place to check out is any of the Mormon's Family History Centers. They allow people to search for their family history (and, NO, they don't try to convert you).
A third option is one of the following websites:
Cyndi's has the most links to genealogy websites, whether ship's passenger lists, ancestors from Africa, ancestors from the Philippines, where ever and whatever.
Of course, you may be successful by googling: "john doe, born 1620, plimouth, massachusetts" as an example.
Good luck and have fun!
Check out this article on five great free genealogy websites:
Then there is the DNA test; if you decide you want to REALLY know where your ancestors came from opt for the DNA test. Besides all the mistakes that officials commonly make, from 10% to 20% of birth certificates list the father wrong; that is, mama was doing the hanky-panky and someone else was the REAL father. That won't show up on the internet or in books; it WILL show up in DNA.
I used www.familytreedna.com which works with the National Geographics Genotype Program.Source(s): genealogical research
- TinaLv 44 years ago
Information in family trees on any website(free or paid) must be taken as clures, not as fact. Most is not documented or poorly documented. You might see the same information on people by various submitters without documentation which means foolish people are copying. Trees on websites are not free of errors. The best thing to do is to get as much information from your family as possible, particularly senior members. Tape them if they will let you. They might be confused on some matters, but what might seem to be insignificant story telling might just turn out to be very important. Go to your library and see what they have in the genealogy section. They might have a subscription to Ancestry.Com. Ancestry.Com has lots of records. They have all the U. S. censuses through 1930. The 1940 is not available to the public yet. They also have the U. K. censuses. Call your nearest Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Church and find out if they have a Family History Center and if so their hours for the general public. They have records on people all over the world,not just Mormons. They don't bring up their religion and they won't send their missionaries by to ring your doorbell. While at the Family History Center, you will have an excellent opportunity to talk with people who can give you some great ideas. Don't expect it all to be on websites. Eventually it will cost. Cyndi's List has a lot of websites listed. You might check it out. Good Luck!
- wendy cLv 71 decade ago
Carol, you don't indicate your age, so forgive me if this is incorrect- if you are a minor and your parents are withholding that info.. that is something we would not be able to interfere with. That is VERY HARD for me to say, since I personally have a family situation involving an extremely nasty custody thing.
An adult has the moral right, in my mind, to know this info.
the answer is, that it DEPENDS on where exactly you are (country/ state), AND if your parents are now living or not. If your parents are not living, you have the right to access their birth certificate(s) which has this info...unless they were adopted. There are a few online birth indexes through ancestry.com. It normally is a fee service.. it can be used at many libraries for free. If your parents have/ had siblings, either their birth or death certificates should also have this info.. depending on where that happened.. you might be able to access those, or they can be restricted to immediate family members (not neice/nephews).
You can send me an email through my profile.. and I will see if I can do anything. It may be possible, again.. depending on the situation.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Best source of free info is relatives! Also look in Family Photo albumns for Obituaries.
Your parents marriage certificate should have both sets of Grand-parents. If they still around ask to see it. Moms usually keep this stuff with important papers like wills.
If no Marraige cert see if they have a long form Birth Certificate.
If they don't have it then try applying for Marriage certificate. This will have both Grand-Parents as a birth cert will only have the one set of Gand-Parents and will cost twice as much to get both mom and dad's birth certs.
The cost depends where you live, costs range from as low as 7 lbs in England about $14 US to $50 in other countries. Maybe parents will help with cost as Family Keep-Sake?
- PhyllobatesLv 71 decade ago
Gather up all the information you can from family members about your family history. Then narrow your search and start looking on the internet. A great site to help you begin learning how to research and organize the information you collect and gather is http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Family-and-R...
There are many genealogical sites that are free such as:
http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp FamilySearch.org is a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can also download free software that will help you keep your family tree organized.
http://usgenweb.org/. This site has been created by a group of volunteers that are committed to keep genealogy free and have provided a website for genealogical research in every county and state in the United States.
http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/. RootsWeb is also a great site. It’s funded by Ancestry.com. It provides links to ton’s of additional sites as well.
http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/index.asp . Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. Genealogy Learning Center. This site has also has some great getting started tips and free downloadable charts and forms.
http://www.cyndislist.com/. Cindy’s List has just about everything from A to Z. I would highly recommend visiting this site.
- raweggsandfishLv 41 decade ago
my grandmother is into genealogy, so she has traced back our history. You will need to know their names. Ask your family if they know there names or where they lived. You can do it without forking over lots of money. They have places that have library's that have genealogy sections, you just have to find them and dig.
I would try to find old newspaper articles. Like your parents wedding, maybe there was an announcement in the paper and that had your grandparents name on it. Stuff like that. Good Luck!!!
- 4 years ago
Try Googling your name including a number of possible variations, (ie with your mother s lastname). Your grandparent/s might have created a website to look for you, like I did.
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