Genealogy Researcher – History from Curiosity
Curiosity gets the better of every person. To know about one’s own family history and ancestors has become the latest trend in the recent years. Internet has revolutionized the search for family history and heritage, allowing family history researchers with a consuming curiosity and a passion for answers to trace their ancestry. Remote internet access to historical documents and records has dramatically increased the number of people interested in researching the past. Genealogy has become accessible to anyone. Recent software have simplified the organization and storing of millions of information on the Internet. The indexed data can be retrieved with a click of the mouse. Research can be conducted at a fast pace with the help of Internet. The first step for a genealogy researcher is to plan the research. The answers are sought to the questions: Why? Who? How?
Online genealogical records are categorized as country and heritage. The number of societies that ancestors may have joined includes ethnic, religious, political and social organizations. Europe has made rapid advancements, with millions of records uploaded online by local governments and various other organizations. This is an exception for the Italian genealogy. There is no central repository for most Italian records. The town hall holds most of the records for a particular Italian township. The first step in this research is to identify the township of the immediate ancestors. The predominant religion of Italy is Roman Catholic; hence Catholic parish records are another important source for the research. About 115 million civil registration records have been digitized by the state and available on the Internet. Online archives and records along with the contact information of fellow researchers can be found online.
On the other hand, Native American genealogy researchers have the most challenging task of genealogical research. Native Americans lived many centuries before Europeans arrived and hence their written history was almost never recorded. The information was recorded only after the 19th century. Native Americans were categorized on the basis of their tribes, clans or nations. Identifying a person’s tribe was the initial task in genealogical research. These records are distributed between the US repositories and the Mexican repositories. The major problem for the researchers in Native American genealogy is the fact that kinship terms have varying meanings among the tribal groups. The term “father” may not always indicate the parent. They used several different names during their lifetimes and also an English name for the federal records. It is wise for the researchers to consult dictionaries or handbooks about the native people in North America before beginning their research.
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