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Mar 28, 2011, 1:45pm Top

Hello every one been reading the posting's but just started to find my family history.

After trying to find info on my grandparents with no luck I joined Archives. The reason was due to all that I found, their site keep poping up that they had the information. After joining, it seem's like they do not have much information at all.

What are the best pay site's to use. I hate to have to pay but if I must then I will.

Thank you.

Mar 28, 2011, 2:12pm Top

Ancestry.com is available at many public libraries. You can try it before you buy it.

There is likely a Family History Center near you. They offer free assistance and advice had have access an unbelievable amount of data. They are part of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saints. I have found them to be very friendly people who have never tried to proselytize to me. They also provide a web site and free software.

Mar 28, 2011, 4:27pm Top

I notice that you live in Buffalo. The best site for you may be determined by your own family's migration, ethnic origins, etc. I'm going to ask a few questions. Do you have your grandparents' birth certificates, marriage licenses (along with any consents required by law), and death certificates? Assuming your grandparents lived in the United States, have you completed the SS-5 form to get a copy of their application for Social Security? People have already mentioned the free http://www.familysearch.org/ site provided by the LDS. You will find a growing collection of digital records from the "vault" there. Ancestry.com has also been mentioned. You will find it quite helpful as well for most things. It is not cheap, and I suspect that the library in Buffalo does provide access through the Library Edition on site but not remotely. Another site that offers a combination of pay and free sources is Footnote.com. I find it particularly helpful when researching individuals who have served in our military over the years because of the scanned images of pension files and compiled service records. If your family has New England roots, you may wish to consider joining New England Historic & Genealogical Society at the research level membership (http://www.americanancestors.org) so you can access all the online records they provide. In addition to New England, they do provide quite a few New York records. If you find that your family has not been in the United States for a long time, you may find something with a more international focus (or at least a focus on the country of your ancestor's origin) to be more useful. Just remember that there is still a lot that has to be done in repositories. It's not all online. Make sure that you document what you do find. If not, you'll regret it later.

Mar 29, 2011, 12:12am Top

2> Thanks for the suggestion I found out there is a Family History Center by my physical theripist. I will have to stop in there.

3> The only information I have is my grandparent's (mother side) death certificate's. It list their ss# but I could find nothing.

In the mean time I started with my mother and found some thing that bothers me. It seems that every thing I was told was not true. So I was speaking with my only aunt that is left today, she confirmed some thing's that I never knew. This is leading me to think the information I did find is true. Hoping to go to the library this week to search birth records. Thanks.

Mar 29, 2011, 12:26am Top

I concur with the above suggestions. For free guidance and wonderful assistance I too recommend the Family Research Centers. I used to go to the one in Virginia and they were fanastic.

By the way, I see your from Buffalo. I'm from north of the city, right near Wheatfield and North Tonawanda.

I miss Sahlen's, Bison Chip Dip, Beef on Weck, and of course, some really good wings!! Hopefully, I'll get to go home soon and get some!

Mar 29, 2011, 11:45pm Top

5> How about Webber's mustard? Also the best pizza around.

Another question I found some 1930 census data and purchased copies from Footnote. Some of the entries are hard to read. Is there any way to deciper the writting?

Also is there any where you can find what the code (for office use only) mean on the forms?

Mar 30, 2011, 12:37am Top

ah yes, Webber's mustard!! Now I'm really getting hungry for food from home!!

Good questions, I look forward to hearing the replies you get!

Apr 5, 2011, 10:06am Top

#6 Deciphering a census entry--one thing you can do is join the mailing list for your area and have others take a look at the same census page to get a consensus on how they read the data. I'm on several mailing lists that have to do with my genealogy interests/locations: Jewish Genealogy, Chicago (Cook County), Erie, PA, etc. You can sign up at www.rootsweb.com under "mailing lists."

Codes on the census--not sure if there's any meaning to the codes, except for the enumerators tallying. You might want to check the National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1930/index.html) and see what they say about the 1930 census info.

Apr 21, 2011, 10:23pm Top

If you are in Buffalo, NY... Why not the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society...you didn't say what nationality but the Polish have a society in Cheektowaga.

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