Your Interactive Guide: Essential Steps for Beginners - cont.
Finding Your County of Research
The county is one of the basic units of
research in genealogy. If you don’t know the county of research, follow the
link and enter the name of the city or town. If you don’t get results, then
ask your relatives for the name of the nearest town, generally the county seat.
You can also use a standard road atlas of the US for this exercise. (Many rural
areas had informal names that were never recorded on maps, and there are many
“dead towns” that can not be found in an atlas.)
Your State of Research
You will need to know what genealogical
sources exist in your state of research. Names, addresses and hours for
libraries and the state’s archives will appear at this site as well as lists
of materials and guidebooks on doing research in the state.
The USGenWeb Project: http://www.usgenweb.com
Click on your state and download information about how to do research in
that state, including the address of the state’s archives, genealogical
societies in that state, and other useful information.
Your County of Research
Return to the state’s home page of http://www.usgenweb.com
and go to your county of research. Examine the types of
listings that appear, including message boards and e-mail lists that you can
subscribe to. Note that African American genealogy groups may also appear on
UsGenWeb. Feel free to follow the links for African American special interest
groups. Then go to the message boards and post your first query (see next step).
Bookmark the county site and plan to visit it frequently because new information
is being posted everyday.