Tracing Your Family Tree
by Family Trees History
When you are looking to trace family trees, you have a wealth of information at your disposal. There are numerous genealogy search engines out on the Internet, exceptional record-keeping kept by most every town, city, state, and country, and a huge number of people who enjoy genealogy for its own sake and want to help you with your search. All these resources are excellent for diving into family trees and digging up new nuggets of information that will help you extend your family tree up a little higher and out a little wider.
One of the best places to start to trace family trees is on the Internet. Thanks to computers, family and ancestry information can be stored digitally and family members can be linked to each other. Genealogy search engines take advantage of these uniquely computerized features to build entire family trees that can extend quite a ways back and out. These searches are usually free and can provide you with an excellent place to start your investigations.
Once you have built up a database of information about your family and your ancestry from Internet sites, you need to start digging up records from public documents. Not all of these documents are scanned into computers yet, so you may well need to page through them by hand. Any information you can dig up about marriages, birthdays, or names will help immeasurably when you are looking at a warehouse full of small slips of paper, and you need someplace to start. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Just pick someplace to begin and start flipping through. Most of these should be indexed in some manner, so use the index to aid your search. If you know your great-great-great-grandfather Fred was born in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky, you start in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky. It may not be the most exciting work, but it reaps its own special rewards when you actually find the slip of paper that tells you that Fred was born to Jonathon and Dolores Smith. That is one more set of names that goes into your
family tree, and you found it and earned it all on your own! These are the amazing moments that tracing family trees can provide and they are rather remarkable.
As well, you need to search in unusual places that you may not expect when you trace family trees. For instance, the family Bible was often an heirloom passed down for several generations. These books often have family trees written into them, allowing you to see the work of those who have gone on before you. As well, old correspondence can give a few names that you may not have found otherwise, giving you another way to trace family trees. And don*t neglect Mormon genealogy. The Mormons have compiled massive lists of genealogy and they provide this information for free to anyone who wants to use it. Let the work they have done start working for you.
When you decide to trace family trees, don*t forget that the work may be hard, but it is always exciting and always a unique reward all its own. For every name you find and every new person on your chart, it is another step into the murky past. And as you step through farther and farther, you can begin to understand not only the people from whom you are descended, but you can understand a little more about yourself.
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