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  • What is Open Source Genealogy?

    Once you start delving into your genealogy you’ll find out why it has become one of the top three most sought after hobbies in the world.  Your studies will take you through unexpected journeys full of twists and turns right from your computer.  You’ll also find, however, that you’ll be able to make great strides into your studies for free through the use of ‘open source’ resources online.  You don’t have to spend a fortune in the pursuit of your ancestors.

    ‘Open source’ simply means places and tools you can find online you don’t have to pay a fee to use or download.  It is estimated that there are over 400,000 open source websites anyone can use to research their family tree.  Some are obvious such as the things you’d find from census bureau records or the types of information we think of as being kept in courthouses.  But when we start getting creative we can realize there are all sorts of avenues we can go down for free online.  Old military records, immigration records and church records are just a few of the many suggestions you can Google and use.

    There are mountains of open source materials waiting to be discovered as you conduct your studies.  Government records, even cemetery records, can all be found online for free.  Archives and historical data are often put together by special interest groups and are free to use.  In short, you can conduct almost all if not all of your genealogical search using free, open source materials.  Get in a creative mindset, search for online sources, and you’ll be amazed at what you find.

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