Kathryn Brannigan Walizer
Google Ancestor Search
There are plenty of free resources for the genealogist, it is possible to find free charts, forms, templates, software, lessons, lookups, databases, form letters, graphics, translations, clip art, and more all online. The other day I was browsing the internet looking for genealogy site that offered just these free downloads. Through Google, I found a site called Ancestor Search.com, the link is http://www.searchforancestors.com
Along with the above mentioned charts forms, lessons and databases, this site offers a free download of FamilyTreeMaker 2005 Starter Edition Genealogy Software FREE!!
Among the sections there is a Google genealogy search section; this has a surname section, a surname origin section, and a tool section. Under the tool section you will find genealogy calculators, These include a birthday calculator that will allow you to calculate a birth date from information found on a tombstone or death certificate. There is a cousin calculator that calculates the family relationship between two people who share a common ancestor. I found this very helpful in determining the difficult removed cousins. There is also a perpetual calendar and a day of the week calculator, and another helpful calculator is an inflation calculator that will allow you to determine in today's dollars just how much you ancestor's property was really worth. Say for example your ancestor was willed $100.00 in 1913, in today's money that would equal over $1,800.00. Another good tool is the time capsule This will Generate a Time Capsule page with headlines, consumer prices, birthdays, songs, TV shows, toys, and books for the selected date. The years included are from 1800 to 2005.
Moving over to the section called Freebies, this is plethora of helpful sites and free trials Some of the free offers include professional free genealogy charts, forms and templates you need to document your family tree. The free genealogy software also includes a link to the Legacy genealogy software download, GenoPro, will give you a pictorial representation of family relationships across several generations. The next free download is Online Family Tree, this site will build your family tree online with the Internet's first real-time collaboration tool that allows you and other family members to create a multi-user, password-protected family tree. The Personal Ancestral File will help you organize family history records.
Under Freebies you will also find some great genealogy databases online, the first being Ancestry World Tree. The Ancestry World Tree contains more than 160,000,000 names in family trees submitted by users. The Ancestry World Tree is the largest collection of its kind on the Internet and best of all it's free. There are links to Rootsweb, GenWeb, Genforum, World Connect, Genealogy newsletters.
Another good section is the free genealogy form letters for requesting genealogical information from an institution or from family members in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. I have only scratched the surface of what this site offers. take a look at it I am sure you will not be disappointed.