Resources, tool or utilities, however and whatever you call them they are needed to unlock the past to find those hidden treasures.

This page will house the list of tools that I use on a daily basis. is one tool that has been a great benifit for this researcher. The price of $19.99 per month is the one part I do not like about it.

Here is a little secret,  sometimes your library that you frequent will have access to this site that way you wont have to put out the $19.99 per month fee.

I personally like the site and the features that it comes with, but like any resource you do have to use others to help you unlock the hidden past. Also, using Ancestry I was able to connect with a second cousin that I have never known existed. is one I use in conjuction with Ancestry for one simple reason. This site is located in Salt Lake City Utah that contains a vast amount of information and the other reason, most times and I do say most (not all times) records that do not show up on Ancestry can be found here. I have many successes finding death certificates that Ancestry didn’t have.  One of the things that I like about this site is that it’s FREE. You have the ability to print the document out or print as a PDF file and save it on your hard drive for later retrieval.

For instance, with my great grandmother Refugia R Flores that later married an Herrera died in 1961 in Stockton, Ca and I could not find the full record on Ancestry on the index record that gave me her mother’s surname. But, on I was able to locate the death certificate itself which gave me more information to find my second great grandparents. This was a gold mine of information.

Refugia Reza Herrera
California, County Birth and Death Records
Name: Refugia Reza Herrera
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 30 Dec 1961
Event Place: Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 72
Birth Year (Estimated): 1889
Father’s Name: Thomas Flores
Mother’s Name: Cresencia Ponce
Spouse’s Name: Lorenzo Herrera
Spouse’s Gender: Male
Reference ID: 3900-2411 , GS Film Number: 1851511 , Digital Folder Number: 004280980 , Image Number: 1026
The above document reference is what you can expect to see. Granted not all documents will be located on this site alone either but for me with one of my family members this expanded the tree further back by a generation.
Genealogy bank is a paid service
 Geni a Myheritage company Free to start your your tree but will cost if you want to send a message to someone.
I will add more later.

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