Humans have had a fascination with genealogy and the record of familial ties for thousands of years, and one need only look at the fastidious nature of dynastic record-keeping in ancient Egypt or the genealogies recounted in the Bible for ample evidence of this phenomenon. For the beginning researcher, or the more advanced genealogist, Genealogy Today.com will be a welcome addition to the numerous sites dealing with researching family history, both online and in archives. The site is divided into several broad sections, including Getting Started, Family History, and Research Tools. Along the left side of the site’s home page are a number of additional themed areas, such as a surname search engine, Team Roots (which contains free research tools), and an area dedicated to explaining genealogy to young people. The Getting Started section may have some of the most helpful material on the site, as it addresses the nature of beginning a new family genealogy project, along with providing some information about how best to use resources such as the United States census and newspapers.
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