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First Steps


Family Finder
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Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned professional, we have a variety of resources to help you find your ancestors. Try a few today and you'll be on your way to finding your family story.

Take Your First Steps
If you've gone through the First Steps pages, you may already have accomplished several of these!
Check! Start Your First Family Tree
Create and preserve your family legacy by entering a few simple facts about you and your family. We'll show you how to dig deeper into your family's past.
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Search for More Information on Ancestors
Our powerful search tools scour the Internet and our data collections for information that's likely to be relevant to your family tree.


Create a Personal Home Page
Safely store family trees, pictures, reports, and more for friends and family to view at their leisure. It's a great way to share your family story.

Check! Add Your Voice to the Message Boards
Join the largest online genealogy community. Scan the numerous topics being discussed, or post your own questions or comments. You're sure to find someone to lend their support and share their experiences.

See How Far You Can Go!
Step-by-step instructions make it easy for your to continue creating your family legacy.
Record Your Family's Story Record Your Family's Story
Discover great tips for recording or documenting your family's personal story with Biography Assistant. We'll take you through the process step-by-step.
Review the How-To Guide
A comprehensive overview of genealogy. Get great advice on finding and organizing important family information, capturing oral histories, and much more.

Expand Your Knowledge
Opportunities for learning and discovery come in many forms at Try a few and see what you enjoy most.
Check! Visit the Library of Articles
From basics to advanced topics, you're sure to find something of interest to your research. Come in and roam the aisles to find out more.
Check! Shop
Discover and organize your family history with our complete line of products. Everything you need — from software to data resources.
Check! Take an Online Genealogy Class
Enjoy self-paced tutorials on a variety of interesting topics as you learn from acknowledged genealogy professionals.
Check! Explore the World of Genealogy
Our listing of Helpful Web Sites brings you more than 72,000 Internet destinations categorized by topic of interest. You're sure to find something engaging and helpful to your own family research.
Check! Expert Tips
Check out our expert tips archives for helpful advice and to look at responses to questions from other family historians.

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