National Genealogical Society

References for Researching


One of the main goals of the National Genealogical Society is to educate the public about family history research. Here you'll find some free simple tutorials that may answer some questions you have about getting started, gathering information from others, or turning professional.

How to Make a Family Tree

If you've always wondered how to go about tracing your family tree, this introductory information should answer your basic questions and get you started on an enjoyable journey to self discovery. Learn more.

Querying for Results

Most family historians share information freely with others who may be related. Learn to write an effective concise query that will earn results. Learn more.

Becoming a Professional Genealogist

You've spent a few years honing your skills, you love family history research, and you are considering the possibility of becoming a professional genealogist. Do you just hang out a shingle and start taking clients? Learn more.

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