Step 4b - Search The Internet

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Thanks to the Internet, you now have access to a bazillion records and websites to assist you with your family history.  It really is an incredible time to be alive!

The Internet is an amazing resource as you work on your family history.  You get incredible access to all kinds of records and research tools. It lets you collaborate with others and benefit from their research, post ancestor-related questions on message boards, and even share your own family history research with others.

There are 5 main types of family history websites you need to be aware of:

Most family history websites are free — however, some of the major ones such as Ancestry.com, Find My Past, My Heritage and American Ancestors require an annual subscription. However, as a member of the LDS Church and by following this link these websites are available to you at no cost.

.Now, let’s get you started on the Internet…


Details -- How To RESEARCH

Living RelativesInternetOriginal Docs

Use one Checklist per family.

Research Step 1

Research Steps 2

Research Steps 3

Research Steps 4This simple Family Research Checklist keeps your research focused, gives you a complete family overview of what records you’ve found, and helps you decide what records you want to search for next.  It helps you keep track of the basic websites you’ve searched and what you’ve found for each of your families.  Just keep the Checklist in the family’s file folder with the information you’ve found. It couldn’t be easier!

Tip: Download the Checklists and print up a bunch of copies of each one, so you have them handy and can quickly grab a Checklist when you need one.


When you start researching a family, grab a Family Research Checklist to easily keep track of where you’ve looked and what you’ve found.  There are 3 versions of the Checklist to choose from — depending on when your ancestors lived, and whether they lived in America or in a Foreign Country.

Use one Checklist for each family unit (i.e., father, mother, and their children are all included on the same Checklist).

.There Are Three Versions 
of This Family Research Checklist to choose from:

Research FormResearch Form 2Research Form Foreigh

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