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How can you find information about your family's history?

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Family histories can be researched through state genealogy websites, family tree websites and international historical records. Websites that offer archives of censuses, vital records and old newspapers are also helpful when researching family history.

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Some online databases, such as Ancestry.com and Genealogy Bank, require users to pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee. Ancestry.com offers subscribers access to millions of digital records from the United States, as well as several foreign countries. Common records available include birth, death and marriage records, as well as records of immigration. The website also offers a virtual family tree maker to organize information.

Genealogy Bank also offers access to a vast collection of records for a fee. The website has a collection of more than 500,000 American newspapers dating back to 1690, as well as records of obituaries and historical public records. There are also several free options available for researching family histories, including census records, historical church records, and free online databases.

Roots Web’s World Connect Project offer records of more than 3 billion names for free and includes information from all over the world. Users can also upload copies of their family tree and share copies of records they have found. Many states have websites dedicated to archiving census data that are available to the public for free.

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