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
Most veterans and their next of kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation), Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), Replacement Medals, and Medical and Health Records by using Standard Form 180 (SF-180) to Request Military Records.
During the Civil War, the Union drafted only aliens who’d declared their intention to naturalize. The records show these foreign-born draftees’ country of birth.
Online searches - The order you put your search words affects the responses you get.
Make sure you cite your sources!
If you are visiting a library for the first time, ask the librarian for a tour of their holdings.
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