Genealogy is the study of your family’s history, which is a personal record of your ancestors. Through your research you learn about when and where they were born, who they married, who their children were, where they lived and worked, and how you fit in your overall family tree.
Learning about your family history usually starts at home by talking with family members and recording information about your ancestors. You may have useful sources at home such as birth certificates, obituaries, wedding announcements, a family Bible, etc. Read these documents carefully – you may find some information about that ancestor or relative that you didn’t know before. These documents may also prove or disprove some of those family stories you grew up with.
You may find that others in your family or extended family have already done genealogy research on your family. Don't hesitate to ask close or distant relatives if they have already started researching your family.
Facts and Tips
Don't assume that all children listed belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children a combination of his and hers.
An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
Ellis Island was closed in 1954 and declared a National Park in 1956.
A cadastral map is a graphic illustration of land boundaries.
Bounty Land is public land given by the government to induce young men to join the military. Applicable for soldiers prior to the Civil War.
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