- Write down everything you know about yourself, your own family, and
your parents’ families.
- Test your own knowledge of your family tree by filling out a
pedigree chart that includes you, your parents, and as many
generations beyond them as possible. Include their full names as well
as dates and places for their births, marriages, and deaths.
- Talk to your oldest living family members to mine their memories for
family history information. Each relative is likely to remember parts
of the family story that others have forgotten, so be thorough!
- Evaluate the resources already available in your family by going
through your own attic and by asking relatives to do the same. Look
for family heirlooms, old photographs, and official documents. These
may help you to uncover more family information, and such documents
are an excellent way to verify dates or places that family members
have given you in oral interviews.
- After evaluating what you have, set a specific research objective
(e.g., find great-grandfather’s birthdate). The next step will be to
search records online or to visit a library or archive that has the
information you are looking for.
*Pedigree charts, suggested family history interview questions, and
family history resources are available online at
the Ancestors website.
*See the Ancestors website for series air dates and times on your local
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