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Computer Log # 21 for April 8, 2010

With the new NBC TV show “Who Do You Think You Are” at and it's main sponser The interest it is generating in genealogy I thought I would re-run part of Computer Log # 9 with some updated links and info., it is part of the network based out of Provo Utah. This site is the one that is advertised on many national TV channels. This site does have a free trial period which I am using right now for myself. has many millions of files from census records to local historical documents. They also have many old phone books and other historical documents as well. If you are into Genealogy and are interested in who you are and where you come from this is the place to go.

It also has many records from mostly the British Commonwealth and other countries, depending on local privacy laws and how well they have their historical records set up. You do have a area where you can show yourself but not your living family members even if you put them into the tree. You can also invite other members of to be a Guest, Contributor or to be an Editor.

The fun thing is it will give you a leaf if a possible relative shows up in a data base some where, like a census, news articles or a death certificate. Also it may show if you are related to someone famous. Who knows you may have a Queen or President in your family line.

This site is not for the beginning computer user. You have to be a bit literate in the use and how to click through. There is a fairly large learning curve. They have an 800 number for tech support and accounting, that is why they give you a free trial. The site is a bit pricey at $19.95 for US a month, to 29.95 a month for the world, to use, and a bit cheaper if you get a yearly membership, but it is well worth it. Think of all the gas it cost to go to the court houses or even get copies of information. Myself, I have managed to do in a few days what has taken weeks or months of work before. I have managed to trace my ancestry back to the 1500's on several branches, when before I had only one from genealogy my Mother and Grandfather did. I would recommend you talk to your older family members to get their input. My best info for myself is my Mother. I also use the info that my Grandfather had in his Genealogy work and my Grandmothers writings she left the family. This is what I call a family endeavor in order to get all my ancestors in the right area. You will need to have paper ready to take notes about some things, the printer is not always the best way with this type of work. You can attach a branch of a tree from someones else's work to your tree. In my case I am working on three trees, one works it's way back and the other one is working forward so I can fill in a hole (I hope) on one of my ancestors.

If you do use just remember it can be a fun experience to know where you came from and even to whom you are related to. A number of genealogy sites are available and if you put genealogy into Google, over 59 million sites are available and one is a free site called another is called and is now the free part of Also do a Google search on “minority genealogy sites” . There were over 65 thousand sites listed. also has a “Slave Narrative” section that is growing daily.

Franklin S Werren is a computer technician and runs Chautauqua Lake Hosting and Franks Radio in Sherman NY. And can be found on the web at and via e-mail at or and yes I do play the Bagpipes.

Disclaimer: “Franklin S Werren” or the “Chautauqua Star” have not received any money or promotional items in anything talked about in this column.

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