Family Tree Tips And Ideas: Tracing Family Genealogy And History

Tracing family genealogy and history: how to gather together all the information, documents and pictures that you have on yourself, your parents, your grandparents and as far back as you can go.

The word genealogy comes from two Greek words that mean "family" and "science." The science is discovering ones family. And many people like to think of themselves as a detective in finding their families' "roots". If you are wondering where and how to begin your search this article will tell you how.

Start with what you know. Gather together all the information, documents and pictures that you have on yourself, your parents, your grandparents and as far back as you can go. Write down all this information in a family tree or in a family group sheet or pedigree chart. Record the dates of birth, marriage and death of as many individuals as you can.

Genealogy can only be accomplished by sharing what you know with others. You can ask grandparents, aunts and uncles what they know. If they are having a hard time remembering people, get out old photos to help jog their memories. Write everything down or record the information on tape. Get copies of any documents that relatives have like birth, marriage or death certificates. It would be a tragedy to lose parts of your history because didn't take the time to copy documents. It is always best to have copies distributed among family members of important photos and documents in case one houseis in a fire or some other disaster.



Begin note books on each line of the family. Two note books to start, using section dividers to keep track of each family line. Keep your pedigree charts and documents in sheet protectors. You will want to purchase a computer program eventually to organize your genealogy more efficiently.

After you have asked everyone in your family about what they know, you are now ready to do more research and dig deeper into your roots. There are a ton of web sites devoted to family research and genealogy. So use your computer to find distant cousins or information about your ancestors. You can also go to a family history library and look up all kinds of information including the census's of 70 years ago and back.

The research you will do to find your families' roots is very tedious, time consuming and mind boggling at times. But, it is the most rewarding experience when you find a long lost relative.

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