Genealogy

The Scocchio Family Tree

Exploring Our Past

This section will be for those who are interested in learning more about genealogy.  I think it’s a fascinating subject.  In the past, to research your Family Tree, you had to spend hours at a library scanning microfilm.  If you were lucky enough to live in the same city where most of your relatives were born or died, you would spend hours at the courthouse researching those records.  With the advent of the Internet, all of that has changed.  You can do most of your research in the comfort of your own home.  Most states have most of their records digitized, or at least have an index of the documents that are available.  You can find what you need and, most of the time, order copies online.  The cost varies.  For example, copies of death certificates in Pennsylvania cost me $1 each plus a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Copies of death certificates in New York cost me $18.50 each.

One of the greatest resources out there is Ancestry.com.  It is free to join, but if you want to research records then a subscription costs you about $18/month.  If you’re serious about your research then it is definitely worth it.  Their database is amazing.  I have copies of passenger manifests from most of the relatives who immigrated to America.  They add information almost daily.  When I ordered the death certificates from Pennsylvania I got faded black and white copies.  Ancestry.com now has them online and I was able to download high quality color copies of the same certificates.

This is just a small taste of what is available out there.  On the video page I’ll have videos that I think are helpful and interesting.  As usual, if you have any questions or need help, just ask!

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