With the abundance of family research and ancestry services growing exponentially online, it’s always helpful to be able to rely on lists of various services to help make discoveries along the way. As part of the Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. website, the series relied on dozens of services to help them make discoveries about the people who appeared in the show. We’ve included the 15 most helpful services.
Resources Used By The PBS Series “Finding Your Roots.”
23andMe . Offers DNA testing and resources to learn ancestry and health information.
248 Ancestors. Dedicated to the research and discovery of Jewish ancestors.
African Ancestry. Offers DNA testing with a focus on tracing the ancestry of people of African descent.
Digital Genealogist. Three-volume journal on digital genealogy.
Ellis Island. Search for relatives who may have come through Ellis Island.
FamilySearch. Provides resources tied to real-world family history classes.
Fold3. Access to a huge selection of original military records.
Genealogy Links. Specializes in international genealogy research.
Genealogy Today . A publication with advice on getting started, links, and more.
Interment . Cemetery records online.
New England Historic Genealogical Society . Research for family history, genealogy, and databases.
ProGenealogists . Offers paid research services, but also useful tools to get started.
US Gen Net. Free hosting of genealogy sites for education, public research, and study.
US National Archives: Official Genealogy Portal. Contains guidance for genealogy research and records.
World Gen Web . Specializes in international genealogy research.
“As Celebrating Legacy launches and grows, it will become easier for future generations to research information about their immediate families because history will be actively written by the people who are living it, right now,” said Randy Sutton, president of Celebrating Legacy.
Sutton added that while Celebrating Legacy will be vital for members to record what they want to be remembered for, the connectivity of the service links other family members to their legacy page, which creates a family tree of legacy pages that go well beyond names and dates.
In addition to making it easier to record history as it happens, Celebrating Legacy will review and compile genealogy and historic resources, providing members with tips and tactics on how to use those services. As their research progresses, they can compile everything in one convenient place.