If you’ve decided to write your memoirs, you might wonder, “Where do I begin???? A really good place to start is with research. If you can’t name an ancestor farther back than Grandma, perhaps you would like to trace your genealogy through a few more generations.
I had no idea there were nearly 300,000 genealogy websites, but apparently there are and they’re all listed on Cyndi’s List. If it sounds like a daunting task to go through so many sites, Cyndi’s List jump-starts your search by breaking the sites down to 180+ categories. Interested in passports? You’ll have your choice of 52 internet sites. Want to track down a member of the military? Check out any of 368 sites. Are your ancestors Australian? More than 1,200 sites can point you in the right direction.
The genealogist who owns the 15-year-old site, Cyndi Howell, also has written three books about going online to explore your ancestry. In her blogs, she emphasizes that the internet is a delivery system for traditional sources, not a new source in itself. It’s time-consuming, and you will be wise to keep a file on your computer with a few notes about the sites you’ve visited. Still, it brings all the libraries into your home and lets you sift through information without lifting a book. You never know what you’ll discover about your own family that will add richness to your memoirs!