Research Methods & Tips

  • Discovering Your Genealogy | Genealogy Roadshow

    Anyone who has been told a story or had a question about their family history can take simple steps to learn more about their genealogy. It’s surprising how many documents are now digitized and available on the internet. Follow this list of starting steps, created by expert genealogists Kenyatta Berry and Joshua Taylor, for anyone who wants to uncover family mysteries.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Are You Related to a Pirate? | Genealogy Roadshow

    Researching your genealogy can be tricky if you're descended from a pirate. Find out why, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Researching Your Foreign Heritage | Genealogy Roadshow

    Explore the best methods to research your genealogy in other countries, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow. This clip focuses on Italian heritage, but you will learn about the kinds of records that are kept in other countries.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Documenting After Disaster | Genealogy Roadshow

    Can you recreate historical documents that were lost to disaster? Find out how genealogists can recover items that help people put their stories back together. Churches, city halls and other organizations might hold copies of photos, records or other items that help people preserve their history.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Cemeteries of New Orleans | Genealogy Roadshow

    The unique above-ground cementaries in New Orleans, Louisiana, are as famous as the French Quarter. Find out how genealogists use cemeteries in their research, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Utah's Family History Library | Genealogy Roadshow

    Find out about the Family History Library in Utah, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow. Known as a great place for genealogists to research a family tree, the library is home to vast research collections.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Locating Your Ancestral Town Using United States Records | Genealogy Roadshow

    Learn the basics needed to help your students complete their  family trees in this easy-to-use beginner's guide from Genealogy Roadshow. All the first steps of genealogical research are covered including which documents to search for, where the best place to start the search is, and what key information to determine before beginning.

    Grades: 6-11
  • Italian Genealogy 101 | Genealogy Roadshow

    Students will learn the best methods for discovering their Italian roots in this activity from Genealogy Roadshow, including which primary resources to search for. The complex history of Italy makes genealogical inquiry all the more interesting for those from "the Boot".

    Grades: 6-12
  • Using Wills, Estate, and Court Records in Genealogical Research | Genealogy Roadshow

    This activity from Genealogy Roadshow details the best types of court documents to use for genealogical research. Links to external resources are listed within for those looking to help students explore thier family trees further.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Slave Ancestral Research | Genealogy Roadshow

    Help students discover how to properly use census records to research American slave ancestray in this activity from Geneology Roadshow.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Researching Free People of Color | Genealogy Roadshow

    This activity from Genealogy Roadshow provides help to students in determining whether their American ancestors were free or enslaved, as well as resources to further explore those family trees with free people of color.

    Grades: 6-12