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
Secondary evidence is copies or compiled from other sources written from memory long after the event has occurred.
[Evidence and Documentation]
A variation of the Soundex called the American Soundex was used in the 1930s for a retrospective analysis of the US censuses from 1890 through 1920.
The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children.
The first settlements in an area were along the shoreline, rivers and lakes where they found good harbors for consumable needs and transportation.
Don't live close to the area that you are researching? Consider joining the local genealogy or historical society.
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