1. Start with who you know -- yourself, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents. Locate birth and death dates.
2. Fill in the Ancestral chart as a starting point for your research.
3. Conduct informal oral history interviews with family members to fill in more of your pedigree chart
4. Switch to a Family Group Sheet to obtain a more inclusive view of your extended family.
5. Use pencil for all your research, write dates in a standardized format, and keep a research log of sources that you consult.
Information on individuals who entered the U.S. between 1820 and 1913 through the port in New York.
Ellis Island: http://www.ellisisland.org/
Information on individuals who entered the U.S. between 1913 and 1924
Family Search: https://familysearch.org/search
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' website - searches birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military records and more. Also see:
Cyndi's List: http://www.cyndislist.com/
A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
Access Genealogy: http://www.accessgenealogy.com/
Provides an emphasis to listing of resources by states.
American Ancestors: http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html
The New England Historic Genealogical Society's website linking to databases for researching ancestors in New England, New York,, and AFrican American ancestors.