My love of family history has me logging onto ancestry sites, reading through old newspapers, and calling older relatives to ask questions. My father is a Private Investigator and I once worked for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency, so I guess being a snoop runs in the family. I’ve worked on my own history, helped others trace their roots, and reunited lost friends.
Looking for family – I’m a big fan of Ancestry.com – because you can link your DNA to a family tree.
When researching family history – or looking for a birth family – DNA is the way to go. In my experience, the paper trail isn’t always accurate, but you can’t deny the science of a dna connection.
I have found that the best way to start researching your family is by AncestryDNA. They have a large database of users and many have family trees connected to their results.
It’s very helpful to upload your DNA to more than one site – to find matches. I recommended downloading your raw DNA – and uploading it to:
Gedmatch.com – Free
FamilyTreeDNA – Free for a limited number of matches
Myheritage.com – offers Free DNA matching (new)
Old newspapers have a wealth of information when researching your families’ history. I have found obituaries, property notices, wedding announcements, and even photographs. The articles often have personal information you won’t find anywhere else. Newspapers.com