Genealogy Research for This Family Tree

My Research

The research technique used for each ancestor will vary according to their locality and the years you're researching. In general, I follow the process I've summarized below:

List of Resources and Their Value

  1. Ancestry has proven to be my most valuable resource. Over the years, it has added much data from resources I first used outside of Ancestry. Paid subscription after trial period.
  2. by New England Historic Genealogical Society is an invaluable research tool for researching my Marblehead ancestors. They are expanding their data base to include records from other parts of America, but so far, I haven't found anyone with roots outside of New England. Paid Membership based.
  3. Newspaper Archive sites such as and can provide valuable information. I use both since a search on one sometimes yields results when the other does not. Paid subscription.
  4. Vital Records of Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. This has proven to be a wonderful resource for Massachusetts families. Ancestry appears to have incorporated the database, but I still use this resource to see a list of all recorded births, marriages, and deaths by town in one place. It has helped immensely in establishing familial relationships.
  5. is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and has a huge database of records from all over the world. Access is free. I check this site as part of research on every direct ancestor. Check the citation information. Much is user submitted and may not be reliable.