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
In searching for marriages, the name of the officiating minister or justice of the peace, or the name of a church, county, or town, might be a way of finding an ancestor whose name was scrambled in some old transcription.
The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) also known as the Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and was founded in 1954.
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.
Check original records whenever possible.
If you find your ancestor as the last person on the census page, make sure you check the next page for more information.
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