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Introduction to NARA Resources The records in our holdings that are most commonly used by genealogists include, Census, Military, Immigration (Ship Passenger Lists), Naturalization, and Land records. To learn more about these records and how to access them, we recommend that you: Start by reviewing our Powerpoint presentation The 'Beginning your Genealogical Research at the National Archives.
Join me, Ellen Fernandez-Sacco as I research ancestors and discuss genealogy research with a Caribbean focus. Also on this site are several blog projects, linked by place and family, so feel free to explore! My roots are in Boriken, and tie together the islands of New York City and Puerto Rico. Collaborating with 326 individuals from southeastern Puerto Rico and Vieques, the Genographic Project conducted the first genetic testing in the area with the goal to gain more information about their ancient past and learn how their DNA fits into the human family tree. Puerto Rico Guide to Puerto Rico ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
Introduction to NARA Resources
The records in our holdings that are most commonly used by genealogists include, Census, Military, Immigration (Ship Passenger Lists), Naturalization, and Land records.
To learn more about these records and how to access them, we recommend that you:
Start by reviewing our Powerpoint presentation
The 'Beginning your Genealogical Research at the National Archives and Records Administration' presentation provides an excellent introduction to most popular genealogical records at NARA.
View our Introductory Videos on YouTube
- View our video on 'Introduction to Census Records'
- View our videos on Military Records: Pension Records, Regular Service, and Volunteer Service
- View our videos on 'Introduction to Immigration Records' and 'Immigrant Records: More than just Ship Passenger Arrival Lists'
- View our video, 'Early Naturalization Records at the National Archives'
- View our video on 'The Homestead Act: Land Records of your Ancestors'
Learn more on our Research Topics pages
On the Research Topics pages, you will learn about records available at NARA, and how to use them. You will also find links to articles, finding aids, and links to digitized records in the Catalog, when available. You may want to start with these records:
View Additional Videos from our Family History Workshops
We have many genealogy presentations available online, where you can learn about additional records available at NARA for genealogy, and how to use them.
Learn more about NARA's online Genealogy Resources
Other Genealogy Resources for Getting Started
Online Tutorials and Guides
Getting Started page from National Genealogical Society
Beginning Your Genealogy Research - The Basics, from the USGenWeb Project
How to get started in Genealogy, from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
Palaeography: reading old handwriting 1500 - 1800: A practical online tutorial, from The National Archives of the U.K.
Finding Your Ancestors, online course (free, but requires registration)
Genealogy Learning Center from Genealogy.com
Genealogy Classes, free online classes on beginning genealogy, internet genealogy, and tracing immigrant origins.
Legacy Family Tree webinars
If your research seems to hit a dead-end or poses a tough problem, you can often find other paths by learning how others solved their research problems. Here are some online resources that may provide some ideas and answers.
- View NARA at Riverside's How to Begin Genealogical Research page
- Links from the Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
Consult books and articles
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Consult books and articles about what records are available, where they can be found, and steps in the genealogical research process. Here are the names of some books you may find in your local library or bookstore. (Please note: these are not endorsed by the National Archives. They are mentioned here as possibly helpful resources.)
- Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. The Genealogist's Address Book, 4th edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999.
- Crandall, Ralph J. Shaking Your Family Tree. Dublin, NH: Yankee Publishing, 1986.
- Croom, Emily A. Unpuzzling Your Past: A Basic Guide to Genealogy. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 1995.
- Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990.
- Jacobus, Donald Lines. Genealogy as a Pastime and Profession. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968. Reprint, 1991.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.
- Rubincam, Milton. Pitfalls in Genealogical Research. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1987.
- Stryker-Rodda, Harriet. How to Climb Your Family Tree. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1977. Reprint, 1993.
- Szucs, Loretto D., and Sandra H. Luebking. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Revised edition. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1997
Read Journal Articles
The following can be found in libraries with a large genealogical collection, or you may be able to purchase back issues from the societies that published them.
Attend Workshops and Conferences
We provide workshops to help people learn how to use historical documents when conducting genealogical research. See our list of upcoming workshops and the annual Virtual Genealogy Fair.
National, regional, and local genealogical societies also often hold workshops and conferences geared towards beginning genealogists.
You can also listen to recordings of lectures from previous national and regional genealogy conferences, and attend ongoing webinars. These cover the vast array of genealogical research topics, and many are geared to the beginner.
Join Genealogical Societies
In addition to sponsoring workshops and webinars, other help is also available through genealogical societies. Most publish newsletters and other materials describing genealogical research and services in the area. Many also have libraries and other helpful resources. You may find it helpful to join both your local genealogical society as well as those where your ancestors lived.
To find a genealogical society in North America, you can search by state/province from the National Genealogical Society website.
Other web site that may assist you in locating local societies are:
U.S. Genealogy sites state by state
Directory of Genealogy Libraries in the U.S.
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Puerto Rican Genealogy/Hispanic Genealogy
Before embarking on a search for your ancestors from Puerto Rico, it is very important to have a good background in the history and culture of Puerto Rico. Most birth, marriage and death records are kept at the local or town level so it is crucial to know the town(s) your ancestors came from. Additionally, it is important to know that the Catholic Church played a large role in Puerto Rican Society. Church records, also kept at the local level, provide valuable information about baptisms, marriages, First Communions, Confirmations, etc. A solid understanding of the roots of Hispanic surnames or family names is necessary because on official records, both the maternal and paternal surnames were used. Having an understanding of these names will help in the record deciphering process. Below is a list of books that cover much of the background understanding that will aid in a successful genealogy search. There are also a number of websites which are great sources for searching records and all of the websites listed below have detailed explanations and directions about how to best go about a search.
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