Genealogy Search How To
How to Begin a Genealogy Search
Here are steps to help you get started on your adventures in genealogical research:
Identify what you know:
Start with information about yourself – your birth, marriage, and other information.
Create a simple family tree with your immediate family.
Write down your parents’ and grandparents’ information.
Include where they lived and/or grew up as well as birth, marriage, and death dates.
Find out more information about your close relatives and those on farther branches of the family tree.
Talk with older relatives. Tape-record the interviews, if they are comfortable with that.
Verify names and dates – was Aunt Betty’s birth name Betsy, Elizabeth, or Bettie-Lou? Was she born in 1944 or 1934?
Look for family photos, Bibles, letters, and other documents that contain family history.
These are records you should ask all family members about:
Birth, marriage, and death certificates
Deeds to property
Plaques, awards, honors, and other memorabilia
Anniversary programs for organizations and churches
School and college yearbooks
Military discharge papers
Any other sources with names and dates