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
Evaluate the information that you find. Don't just stick it in a file.
Alternative records to use for searching your ancestor's life may include: the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, death certificates, family Bibles, letters and diaries, military pension and service files, naturalization records, passports, school records and Social Security Applications.
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Review and evaluate. Are there facts that don't fit or are missing? Go back and review and re-evaluate.
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