As a strong pro-family advocate, I am thrilled to see this outbreak of interest in family history. As they discover their heritage, millions of families are growing closer and becoming stronger. This is why for years I have introduced and helped pass legislation that designates October as "Family History Month."
Researching ancestry is a very important component of identity. And with more than 80 million Americans actively searching for more information about their ancestors, family history research has become our nation's second-most popular hobby.
If you're new to family history, take a look at this short list of some helpful family history sites to get you started:
Ancestry.com - Access to more than 1 billion records and thousands of online images of genealogical records.
Cyndi's List - List of more than 2,000 links — cross-referenced and categorized — to genealogical research sites online.
Family Search - Free access to nearly 1 billion records, genealogy management software, and world’s largest family history library.
Genealogy.com - Genealogy tools, resources, and software to help you discover your family story.