Post by Abby Glann
So far, we've interviewed
our family, put together a pedigree chart so we can easily see our tree,
and we've started on those family group sheets which help keep track of
all the little details associated with our various families. I hope
you've got a binder or something for all this-it starts to add up with
So, what next?
In my own
research I always get excited when I can get a little help from a
friend...or a cousin, right?!!!? How do we go about doing that? Well,
though there are still a lot of things we can do on our journey to
finding our cousin connection, a great place to start looking for help
and to share/store our family tree is on a collaborative family history
site. Two sites in particular are helping AJ in his quest to connect the
world in a giant Kum-By-Ya circle, and those are WikiTree.com
. Both are fantastic places where you can add your family and
then work with others to get some help in connecting you to the big old
is a collaborative site, 100% free, that
focuses on working together on our shared ancestry using tools like their
G2G forum where people can ask for help on research, merging shared
ancestors to meet the site goal of one profile for each person, and
connecting cousins via Projects and Categories.
is a collaborative site, with two levels of
membership, a free one where you can add your tree and start looking for
connections, and a paid membership that allows you to get more involved
in merging and making connections. Members can work with other cousins
to find connections, and join one of their projects. They have great
resources in their Projects and Message boards .
There are so many things on each site to help with
your research, and we'll make sure to cover those tips as we come to
them. For now, just join-that's it. Pick a site, and set up your
account, add your parents if you get the time.