On this page I'll describe how I went about researching my family tree in the hope that it will inspire others to give it a try. I'll talk about the process I used and any tools or software I found helpful.
I might also include links to interesting genealogy web sites I came across in the course of doing my research, such as:
1. Professor Leon J. Mertensotto runs an extensive email-based newsletter on the geneology of the families Guth/Gutt/Good. You may subscribe at no charge by contacting him at Leon.J.Mertensotto.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . He now has a co-editor, Herb Good who can be reached at email@example.com . If you can't get a response from Professor Mertensotto, Herb Good should be able to add you to the mailing list.
2. Guth/Gutt/Good Email Archives: http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/raven/
3. Bill Good has volunteered to establish and maintain a document filing cabinet of Guth Gutt Good wills, probates, land records, photos, and miscellaneous documents. If you have such documents that you would like to share with our fellow members, ensure that they are properly identified, then email them to:
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject; DOCUMENT
Although the web site is currently just blank pages, you might wish to add it to your favorites list for future reference.
4. There are two distinct listserves on Rootsweb for
GUTH and for GOOD.
If you want to join the GUTH listserve, just send a message to:
and type SUBSCRIBE as the Subject matter.
If you want to terminate or unsubscribe, send a message UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject matter.
You may insert your own request or reply to another's request, and it will be sent to all members subscribing to this listserve.
If you would prefer to get the messages only occasionally in digest form, just send the SUBSCRIBE message to:
Then the messages will be sent in digest form about once a week.
5. If you want to check the archive of past GUTH messages, go to the webpage:
[ED: The GUTH listserve was re-activated earlier this month and the archive may not yet be functional.]
6. If you want to subscribe to the GOOD listserve, follow the above procedure to:
or for the digest form to:
Follow the same procedure to unsubscribe.
7. If you want to search or browse the archive of GOOD messages, go to the webpage:
The GOOD archive is functional.
You may join both listserves and there is no charge. Each listserve has a manager checking that procedures are properly carried out.
8. Ellis Island Immigration Records can now be accessed through http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/
9. Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates can often be found through http://www.vitalrec.com/
10. Ohio Death Certificates can be obtained online at http://www.ohiohistory.org/dindex/search.cfm
11. Mormon Church Family Database containing family records across a broad range of families including non-Mormon, can be accessed at http://www.familysearch.org/
12. The Social Security Death Index is found at http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi
13. National Archives and Records Administration Web Site:
Here I might put some tips about researching a family tree, for example:
Be sure to evaluate the source of your information. Remember, you can't believe everything you read!
Remember, most everyone has two family names: your father's, but also your mother's. Don't feel you must restrict your research to just your paternal family tree.