All along in this series of blogs I have been making reference to the family tree and genealogy tools I have used at this site. I rely on the template for family tree information and the free genealogy and family tree tools, but there are times when any search for family tree information means stepping out of the comfort zone and stepping up to the proverbial plate.
For instance, I have found a lot of "pay per download" sources that don't demand I pay a monthly subscription. Other sites that I rely on have monthly or trial subscription offers for those who aren't sure that an ongoing relationship is going to work for them as well.
What's the best answer? I say if you have come this far using free family tree materials then stick with it as much as you can! I only give up the search when I am absolutely sure that I cannot possibly find the answers myself due to distance, a language issue or some other problem.
For instance, my great grandparents emigrated from Poland, and many of their relatives remained behind. During World War II there was so much chaos in Poland that it was impossible for me to actually find out any information about them. So, I did use the resources from one of the subscription sites to find a genealogical expert who did the research overseas for me!
Now, that is an extreme example, but it is to demonstrate that free family tree maker tools and family tree templates can really help to lighten the proverbial load and lead you towards some great results, but there may be times when additional resources have to be used.
I do tend to go towards the non-fee based options first and only as a last resort pay for access to a database of some kind or another. For instance, the United States Federal Land and Patent Records have given me hours of fun and have even provided me with a lot of details. So, I recommend that you use the free family tree maker here, but also do a general search for free family tree resources in general.
I have discovered free cemetery lists, access to thousands of other family tree templates, foreign listings such as Debt of Honour Records in the UK, and Canadian archives of all kinds.
Fee based help is fine, but why not try to use the online tools for your family tree and history for free first, and then send out a call for help?
Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed? That's okay, our next blog is a quick review of the top ten steps...
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