Once you have built your family tree a bit and have gotten into the “greats”, past your grandparents and farther back into other centuries, research methodologies and best practices start to evolve depending on your specific ethnicity. Research for each ethnicity is different and requires its own tailored approach for maximum success.
The following are resource guides that are available according to ethnicity. These guides are downloadable PDFs that you can read, save, print or bookmark as resources when you start to discover your international roots. Many have language tips, notable collections or databases, and can help you get the right start depending on where your ancestor hunt takes you.
African American Family Research on Ancestry.com (Free downloadable PDF guide)
Finding Your Canadian Ancestors on Ancestry.com (Free downloadable PDF guide)
Finding Your German Ancestors on Ancestry.com (Free downloadable PDF guide)
Irish Research in the U.S. and Ireland (Free downloadable PDF guide)
Finding Your Swedish Ancestors on Ancestry.com (Free downloadable PDF guide)
Finding Your Ancestors from the UK and Ireland (Free downloadable PDF guide)
Much like our research guides, the following research centers can help with just about any nuance you might encounter with the ethnicity you’re working on – whether it’s reading a record, translating fields or listing state archives, these research centers can help!
Our Jewish genealogy page will help you get started searching our Jewish ancestors. Thanks to our partnerships with various Jewish historical and genealogical institutions, you can start searching and learn more about Jewish genealogy. This page can help with a community locator based on surname as well as a names variations database.
Each specific ethnicity has its pitfalls and limitations and being able to understand them is crucial to successfully researching your ancestors. Some ethnicities pose language barriers while others a shear lack of records available at your fingertips on the web. Becoming familiar with the historical context of certain ethnic groups and just knowing what historical documents exist and which don’t will lead you in the right direction.