Looking to jumpstart your research? The experts at Ancestry have assembled a variety of tips and tricks to get your research moving again. Select one of the topics below to help you with your road blocks.

Getting Started

Whether you are just starting your family history or you are looking for a new perspective on your research these guides will put you in the right frame of mind.


Census records establish a framework for your ancestor's life. We offer some tips on how to get the most out of them.

Beyond the Basics

Ready to move beyond the census records? Here are a few ideas to get you moving.


Military records are rich with genealogical information that will grow your family tree. Let us show you how to get the most out of them.


Were your ancestors African American, Swedish, German or Canadian? Here are a few thoughts to get you started.