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How to Research Your Genealogy

Getting Started

  • Write down information about your family starting with yourself and going back as far as you can. 
  • Record: dates and places of:
    • Birth
    • Marriage
    • Death
  • Ask Immediate Family for help filling in the holes
  • Ask Extended Family for help with what you can't find
  • More tips can be found here

Genealogy Research on the Web


  • database of about 400 million names submitted by family historians
  • access to worlds largest genealogy database


  • Social Security Death Index which contains many records of those who died after 1962
  • Search for others who are working on the same last name as you


  • contains links to more than 200,000 genealogy related sites

Finding Good Genealogical Evidence

The Following are excellent resources for genealogical research:

Birth Records Wills Cemeteries
Marriage Records Church Records Family Bibles
Death Records Military Records Pictures
U.S. Census Records Newspaper Articles local histories

Several of the above resources can be found at the following local locations:

Local LDS Family History Center
4235 W 3rd ST
Bloomington, IN 47403
(812) 332-0560 
Monroe County Historical Society and Museum
202 E. Sixth Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
(812) 355-5588
Monroe County Public Library
303 E Kirkwood Ave 
Bloomington, IN 47408
(812) 349-3050
Allen County Public Library
200 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46801
(260) 421-1225

Other Web Resources

Free Genealogy Software: www.familysearch.org