How to Find Genealogy Records On and Offline
Before the Internet came along, tracking one's genealogy was extremely difficult. Finding birth certificates, death certificates and marriage certificates was a long, drawn out process that many people didn't want to have to go through, but now finding the genealogy information you need is much simpler. The Internet allows people to look up the information they need in seconds so they don't have to waste time on hold or waiting for snail mail responses from across the country or around the world. Let's take a look at how you can track your genealogy online and offline.
Up until very recently, the only way to track your genealogy was through phone calls and the mail. What made this process so frustrating for so many people is that different jurisdictions require different things for requests to be granted. For instance, some states may require you to provide proof that you are a family member before they will issue you a copy of a marriage certificate or a birth certificate. Other states have open record laws that allow anyone to request a vital record on anyone else. If you didn't call ahead and find out what it was you needed to send along with your request, you ended up wasting a lot of time going back and forth until you got the record you need. If you were requesting genealogy records from multiple states, each with their own rules and regulations that you didn't know about, the whole process could take months to work out. It was enough to discourage anyone from discovering their genealogy on their own.
Thanks to the Internet, you can now find the phone number for the department you need to contact in seconds. Websites like Recordsproject.com help people from all over the country find the information they need so that they can expedite their genealogy search. You can now call ahead and find out how much your genealogy records request will cost, how long it will take to process and what proof of relation, if any, you need to include.
The Internet has allowed for regular folks to take control of their genealogy search. There are very few family activities that are as much fun or as exciting as tracing your genealogy and now you can get the vital information you need without running into any of the problems that people use to.