What are some good websites to track down ancestors to find your nationality?
im trying to find out my true nationality and i cant find any good site to look on please help me
Your nationality has nothing whatsoever to do with the country from which your ancestors came. Your nationality is your citizenship and absolutely nothing else. Some define it as where you are born but that can get murky. If you are born in the U.S., yes, you are a U.S. citizen but some countries do not accept a person as a citizen if they are born in their country to foreign nationals.
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None touches Ancestry.Com for the amount of original source records they have online. They have all the U.S. censuses through 1930. The 1940 and later are not available to the public yet.
I know they have U.K. censuses through 1901. It seems like some posters say the 1911 is now available but I am not sure if it is at ancestry.Com.
Ancestry.Com has military,land, immigration and other records. They have indexes to vital records(birth,marriage and death) of many U.S. states. Thy have transcribed the records but you can view the original. There are errors in their transcriptions, particularly censuses, but when you view the original you can have great pity on the transcribers.
Not all records are online but the ones that are will save you time and money traveling all over to courthouses, libraries, cemeteries etc getting the information.
Any website that only has family trees are not worth a single copper, unless you are willing to verify the information with documentation.
Just be very very careful about family trees. They are subscriber submitted. They are seldom documented or poorly documented. You will frequently see different info on the same people from different subscribers. Then you will see the absolute same info on the same people from different subscribers, but you would be foolish if you think that means it is accurate. A lot of people copy without verifying.
You can make up an entirely fictitious family tree and it will be accepted by genealogy websites. Actually, if you disagree with something someone else has on one of your family members, the websites will tell you that is between you and the other subscriber.
I found out that I am dead. Also my sister and brother-in-law are also dead. This came from a tree where someone had almost 150,000 names in their family tree. Some people are more interested in getting as many names as possible and don’t care whether they have a good verifiable family tree. She had so much wrong info on my family, it is unbelievable. There are people with my family name in New Jersey and they have a lot of info on them on websites. There was one person with my exact name. Of course, she had different parents. Ifeel somehow the subscriber picked up info that that person was dead and wasn’t intelligent enough to know there can be more than one person with the same exact name.
The first thing you should do is get as much info from living family as possible. Talk to your seniors and tape them if they will let you. They might be confused on some things but people who do this say they go back and listen to the tape again after doing research and hear things they didn’t hear the first time around.
Find out if any has any old family bibles. Ask to see and make copies of birth, marriage and death certificates.. Depending on the religious faith, baptismal, first communion, confirmation and marriage certificates form their church can be very helpful.
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