Free Research Guides

Everyone can use a little guidance from time to time, especially when your family history leads you to unfamiliar records, and to research in new places and eras. We’re creating a series of research guides to help you through these new experiences and alert you to collections on that can help. Look for more guides to be added as we grow this collection. Have a suggestion for a guide? Send it to

New Guides

Ancestry Genealogy Toolkit 9 October 2014

Starting Your Tree on Ancestry 3 October 2014

Search Strategies on Ancestry 8 August 2014

Loyalist Resources on Ancestry 8 August 2014

Using Religious Records 9 June 2014

Tips for Finding and Visiting Your Ancestors in the Cemetery Added 23 May 2014

5 Military Favorites Added 12 May 2014

Research Guide to Finding Your Quaker Ancestors Added 27 April 2014

5 Steps to a Healthy Family Tree Added 5 March 2014

State Research Guides  Ongoing project with new states being added regularly

Getting Started

Starting Your Tree on Ancestry

Interview Questions

Ancestry Genealogy Toolkit 9 October 2014

Ancestry Anne's Top 10 Search Tips

How Your Family Tree Helps You Learn More

Creating Timelines That Produce Answers

Guide to Searching for Death Records Added 26 October 2013

Ethnic and Religious

African American family research on

Finding Your Irish Ancestors in the U.S. and Ireland

Finding Your Ancestors from the UK and Ireland

Finding Your Swedish Ancestors at

Finding Your German Ancestors on

Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on

Loyalist Resources on Ancestry

Research Guide to Finding Your Quaker Ancestors


AncestryDNA 101: The Insider’s Guide to DNA Added 6 November 2013


Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors on

10 Things to Know about Passenger Lists 


10 Census Tips from our Members

5 Steps Beyond: The 1910 Census

10 Census Questions That Lead to More Answers

Follow Your Family Using Census Records


Tips for Success: Military Records at

Your Family Tree in the American Revolution

Find Your Civil War Ancestor on

Find Them in World War II


5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Research Added 3 October 2013

5 Must-See Collections on Added 17 December 2013

Black Sheep: 10 Things to Know