Website designed by Jackie Washington  Site Manager, Steven Marques  2011
The GHWC Genealogy Group is a small, informal group whose objective is to explore family history, research tools and techniques, and share experiences. The group typically meets on the 3rd Friday of the month, 2:30 p.m., at the Gig Harbor Library.

Harris Atkins currently serves as our group's coordinator.

Members of our group find the following online resources useful in pursuing our genealogical research:

With seven billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees, is the world's largest online family history resource. After the free trial runs out you have to pay to see files. The collection of documents that offers is diverse and easy to search. With one search term will look through its many birth, marriage, death, census, immigration, military, court, school and other documents from the U.S., U.K., Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. With more than 4 billion names and 29,000 searchable databases you are more likely than ever to find information on even the ancestors that have been difficult to research before. The site also offers supportive webinars, video tutorials, and links to other genealogy resources. Within the search support menu you can find a list of helpful websites with a description of each site.

An alternative to a personal paid subscription is to use the free subscription available from the Pierce County Library system. You must use a computer in a PCL branch library to utilize their subscription.

Supported by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization worldwide with over 4,000 family history centers worldwide, including the well-known Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. All resources on the website are free. Their comprehensive library and database collections offer a strong foundation for online genealogy. The site is currently working on digitizing the billions of genealogical records stored in library vaults. (inclusing its man features, like Google Books, Google Images, etc.)

Google is the most powerful tool available worldwide for online research! With over 20 billion pages in Google's index of the Web, it's likely that some of them contain clues about your ancestors. With hundreds of millions of users in more than 160 countries searching more than 20 billion documents, countless individuals have searched for their own name, or for their family names, or for individuals in their family tree. Google is most likely the world's leading genealogy search engine.

Last updated: 22 Jan 2018