Trace Your Ancestors
How To Get Started
- Tracing you ancestors can be an overwhelming task. Focus on a small area of your
family tree at a time. Search for one generation at a time. Verify information about the ancestors you're most familiar with. Follow the leads
- Begin at home. Letters, Bibles, diaries, photograph albums and chatting with your
relatives are all valuable sources. Ask your parents for dates of birth
deaths and marriages of their parents and
grandparents. Names of locations will help as will birth death and marriage
certificates. Try to ascertain the locations of the
cemeteries where any relatives may be buried. Visit the cemeteries
where your relatives are buried, you may discover a lot of useful
information from their gravestones.
- Document your sources. Keep a careful record of all the searches that you do, even
if you don't find any useful information, at least you won't accidentally repeat that
search again. Find out if any of your relatives have done any previous genealogical research which could save you a lot of
- Use the Internet to search for any surnames that you have discovered.
This may help you find others who are researching down the same lines as
- Ask the Mormons who have a wealth of genealogical
information. You can find this at their immense online library at www.familysearch.com
Here you will find some useful research
- Find out if any relative took part in the war. You can discover a lot
of information at www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/info
regarding members of the armed forces.
- Try the free BMD Web site at www.freebmd.rootsweb.com
where you can order copies of Births, Deaths and Marriage certificates for
the relatives you find.
- Get inspiration to continue your quest by joining one of the genealogical societies
around your country.
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This page was last updated on 01-Jul-2004.