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    Is there a way to get started looking at free records (ie,. birth certificates). I've gone to ancestry.com and did search engine search but everything I find that says free actually is only a free trial and want my CC info, which I won't give. Any ideas. Thanks

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    Nope. I know everyone thinks you can get this stuff for free but you can't. If you even want a copy of your own birth certificate that costs money from your state. I would start by asking your relatives if anyone else has done any of the legwork before. I know that I had a cousin on each side of our family that had done the complete family history and it was way before the internet and it was very time consuming and expensive.

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    SLance gave some very good advice.

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    http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy...logy_sites.asp
    There are a few links on here that should help you. Good luck n have fun with it!
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    http://www.familysearch.org

    http://www.cyndislist.com

    Also check local historical societies online, and museums too.
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    you may want to try www.mytrees.com

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    I do a lot of genealogy research...
    familysearch.org is the best free site, and is better than most of the pay sites.

    If you have ancestors in Illinois, try cyberdriveillinois.com It is the Secretary of State website. Go to services, then state archives search.

    In Missouri, go to http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/ There you can search all kinds of records, and they have actual death certificates online that you can search and print or save for free. These cost $10-$30 EACH depending on the state elsewhere!

    Also in MO, especially the ST. Louis area, you can look up Catholic burials at http://archstl.org/cemeteries/.

    castlegarden.org has tons of immigration records.

    Try this Daughters of the American Revolution site to look up DAR members or patriot ancestors: http://www.dar.org/library/online_research.cfm

    Google the genealogical society of the area you are looking for...example "dallas geneological society" will bring up dallasgenealogy.org, where they have many Dallas area records you can search.

    Also google the area you are looking for and "genweb" The USGenweb is invaluable.

    While at ancestry.com. remember the 1880 census and the forums are FREE. If you can connect to a family member through the forums, they will often share material with you, and others are very friendly and willing to offer help and guidance. The 1880 census is also a great starting point for research.

    If you are still interested, I can help you with other stuff and get you a good starting point, or help getting through a brickwall!

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    Now, i wanna do this!!! A few years back, my great aunt passed. She left everyone a small some
    of money, but me, i received a special something. Everyone said i was ripped off! Lol, lil did they know
    i received my grandpa's wallet. Inside it was his birth certificate, my great aunts birth certificate, and
    two of the first ss cards ever printed! These items are irreplaceable, because back then everyone was
    born by mid-wifes, and they have all passed, and the school houses have long ago burned down. They
    all are trying to get to my granfather's black lung benefits...it's from working in the coal mines.

    I do not want this money, and they can't get the proof they need. Ha! I guess my aunt chose wisely,
    because these items are very delicate, and to go through all the handling will ruin them. But, it does
    afford me the opportunity to go through our heritage. It would be so great to print out a book to
    pass through the generations. How neat is that?

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    Wow! I would love to get my hands on something like that in my family! With your Grandfather's BC and his sister's as well, you can get back a few generations with the census alone!

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    Carrolin, look at it this way. Your great aunt wanted to take care of you. Ya everybody else got 'immediate money' but you will receive monies to take care of you til you die. Mid-wife, pfffftttt there are places all over for births records because of Baptism. I found my grandmothers birth announcement/certificate/baptism online, and it seems her children have been clueless on how to spell HER BIRTH NAME correctly. So I shot the link to my only living uncle, and proof of his fathers name, via a birth certificate from the city of Chicago. He thought his fathers name was different. (Had something similar back in 1995, figured let the greedy Illinois relatives have it, I don't want it.)

    If you decide to do a line, don't accept the censes as written. The takers don't know how to spell, or scribble nicely, therefore, names have been changed, and much easier to follow a misspelled name then the correct name. AND if you come across a draft card don't be surprised if date of birth has been changed either.

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    THANKS FOR THE ADVICE, BUT THAT IS NOT THE DEAL HERE...IT IS ABOUT THE PRESERVANCE OF HERITAGE...THERE ARE NO
    BAPTISMAL RECORDS, ONLY INDIAN TRIBUNALS, WHICH ALL RECORDS ARE MOSTLY LOST. MY GREAT GRANDMOTHERS
    NAME IS SIMPLY "PARROT", AND MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHERS NAME WAS SIMPLY "SKILLET" THIS GOES BACK TO
    THE EARLY 1800'S. THIS IS MY FATHER'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY. MY MOTHER'S SIDE IS IRISH...TOTALLY DIFFERENT, YET
    SHE HAD/HAS NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE. NOR BAPTISMAL. AS FOR A DRAFT CARD...MY GRANDFATHER WAS TOO YOUNG
    FOR THE 1st WWAR, AND TOO OLD FOR THE 2nd. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN CASHING IN ON THIS...THAT IS WHY I WAS
    INTRUSTED. SURE, THE RELATIVES NEED THIS INFO, AND I EVEN HAVE RIGHT TO PROPERTY ON AN INDIAN RESERVATION.

    BUT HAVE YOU SEEN THEM? NO SPIRITUAL COUNCIL ANYMORE (NOT ALL)...DRUGS, ABUSE, GAMBLING. GANGS RUN RAMPANT.
    MY AUNT CRIED WHEN SHE SHOWED ME.

    I STILL REMEMBER MY GREAT GRANDMA, HA! SHE STILL SMOKED A CORN COB PIPE WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG 103!...
    MY PAPAW TOLD ME IT WAS HER "PEACE PIPE', WHEN SHE WAS ONLY REMEMBERING THE 'GLORY DAYS" LMBO! NOW,
    WHEN I RECOLLECT...I NEVER SAW ANY SMOKE COMING FROM IT. LOVING DAYS,

    SMILES. AND THANK YOU FREEBNUT, MAYBE NOW WITH YOUR INPUT, I CAN LOOK UP MY MOTHER'S SIDE OF FAMILY
    AS WELL, HER MOTHER DIED WHEN SHE WAS 9 FROM TB, THEN RAN AWAY WHEN SHE WAS LIKE 11 OR SO.

    SMILES.
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