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
For hard to find female ancestors, go sideways and search their husband and children.
Most public records will be found at courthouses or state vital statistic archives.
Book to consider for your personal genealogy reference library: Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries by Maureen A. Taylor.
Primary evidence is personal testimony or a record created shortly after an event by a person with personal knowledge of the facts.
[Evidence and Documentation]
Minimum identification includes: name, birth date and birthplace of an ancestor.
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