Beginner's Information for Genealogy
If you are new to genealogy or obituary research, please read this page.
One of the biggest mistakes a beginner can make is expecting too much of the volunteers who offer to help. The Internet is a vast and powerful tool in the search for your roots but you must be willing to work. You cannot expect anyone else to spend time doing research for you and this is especially true for the volunteers on this web site.
You cannot expect a volunteer to find an obituary for you without the exact date of death (unless the listing states that an obituary index is available) and the location. There are many resources available to help you find this information, some of which are listed in the section on Making a Request. The volunteers are here to help you get an obituary from a location that would be difficult for you to visit yourself. They cannot be expected to search through more than one week's worth of daily newspapers to find an obituary. For more detailed information please read the section on General Obituary Information.
Web Sites for Beginners:
Genealogy Books for Beginners:
Rootsweb Mailing Lists for Beginners: Click on: Rootsweb General Lists
Please Consider Volunteering For Your Area.
See Becoming a Volunteer for more information.
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Last update 22 Sep 2010