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 Ancestry.com that can help. Look for more guides to be added as we grow this collection. Have a suggestion for a guide? Send it to juliana@ancestry.com


New Guides

5 Things You Should Know to Get the Most from the Probate Collection on Ancestry (September 2015)

Finding Your Family in Wills and Probate Records (September 2015)

West Coast Resources on Ancestry (9 July 2015)

Major U.S. Immigration Ports (June 2015)

Finding U.S. Vital Records and Alternative Sources (18 June 2015)

State Research Guides  Ongoing project with new states being added regularly


Getting Started

Starting Your Tree on Ancestry 3 October 2014

Interview Questions

Ancestry Genealogy Toolkit 9 October 2014

Ancestry Anne's Top 10 Search Tips

How Your Ancestry.com Family Tree Helps You Learn More

Creating Timelines That Produce Answers

Guide to Searching for Death Records Added 26 October 2013

5 Steps to a Healthy Family Tree Added 5 March 2014

Search Strategies on Ancestry 8 August 2014


Ethnic and Religious

African American family research on Ancestry.com

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

Finding Your Ancestors from the UK and Ireland

Finding Your Swedish Ancestors at Ancestry.com

Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893 (March 2015)

German Civil Registrations 23 October 2014

Finding Your German Ancestors on Ancestry.com

Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on Ancestry.com

Loyalist Resources on Ancestry 8 August 2014

Research Guide to Finding Your Quaker Ancestors Added 27 April 2014

Researching Your American Indian Ancestors on Ancestry (November 2014)

Using Religious Records 9 June 2014


DNA

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


Immigration

Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors on Ancestry.com

10 Things to Know about Passenger Lists 


Census

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


Military

Tips for Success: Military Records at Ancestry.com

Your Family Tree in the American Revolution

Find Your Civil War Ancestor on Ancestry.com

Find Them in World War II

5 Military Favorites Added 12 May 2014

Loyalist Resources on Ancestry 8 August 2014

 

Probates

5 Things You Should Know to Get the Most from the Probate Collection on Ancestry (September 2015)

Finding Your Family in Wills and Probate Records (September 2015)


Miscellaneous

5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Research Added 3 October 2013

5 Must-See Collections on Ancestry.com Added 17 December 2013

Black Sheep: 10 Things to Know

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