This might be first in a three-part series that offers tips and tricks to those people who are ready to move beyond online research.
Are you aware that many genealogists estimate that only 15 percent of the world’s records can be found online? So where may be the other 85 percent? A large percentage of records that can’t be understood to be “easy access” are available in non-digital archives all over the globe. Searching these records could be an intimidating endeavor for the fair-weather genealogist, but digging available for informational treasures when you look at the archives of the world is an exciting job if you are prepared to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty, and endure occasional rainy-day disappointments. The silver lining of this potentially overwhelming method of genealogy research is that incredible discoveries tend to be just waiting to be found.
According to D. Joshua Taylor, president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and popular presenter at the 2017 RootsTech conference, “the items that you can uncover in a few of the materials—they’re staggering.” Rather than names, dates, and locations, you’ll be discovering things such as ballad songs, rhymes, games, personal letters, private papers, and fascinating information regarding your ancestors and people who interacted together with them.
If you’re prepared to add archive research to your more basic research done on popular websites on the internet such as for example Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage, it may be extremely helpful to brush up on archival terminology. (więcej…)