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Researching family history is fun and rewarding.

On this page I'll describe how I went about researching my family tree in the hope that it will inspire others to give it a try. I'll talk about the process I used and any tools or software I found helpful.

I might also include links to interesting genealogy web sites I came across in the course of doing my research, such as:

One of the first places I started was Family Search. It has great links as well but you can start your search there. As I got better, I found census records , marriage records , death records , cemetery records etc..also people who do lookups are wonderful. I did not have many family members on the West side to ask so I started with very little info. But now I have the Taylor's to the 1700's and the Gillilands a few generations back and still working on them as well. The Bennett's are really hard but will keep on looking. It is hard for me as I live in Alaska and all my family is from Ohio and Wv and PA so all my work has been done online. I do hope to get outside this year and visit the places that they are from.

National Archives and Records Administration Web Site:

Research Tips

Here I might put some tips about researching a family tree, for example:

Be sure to evaluate the source of your information. Remember, you can't believe everything you read!

Remember, most everyone has two family names: your father's, but also your mother's. Don't feel you must restrict your research to just your paternal family tree.

Us Gen Web Project..Thei site takes you to the state pages. Also to the census sites

Hur Herald Calhoun County Wv

Family Search

Roots Web

List of genealogy sites

Clan Gilliland