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Spending time in cemeteries and libraries may not be everyone’s idea of ​​summer fun, but for those interested in finding their roots, gathering information about their ancestors AND a “family” holiday. Sure, genealogy sites have made researching ancestral history much easier with digitized record archives, family tree-building software, and community forums. Hand Nothing it’s online.

As you visit libraries, archives, and cemeteries in search of your roots, keep your smartphone or tablet handy—it can help with translation tools, document scanners, and more. Here are some tips that can make your research trips more efficient.

Old newspapers, religious documents, gravestones, and official government documents (kept in an analog archive or digitized online) can be invaluable resources for gaining information about your ancestors. However, not all sources may be in a language you know.

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