Many people have, at least at one point in their lives, had great curiosity about family members who came before them and whom they never met. Many of us have a vague notion that we come from immigrants to America who were fleeing a famine in Ireland or war in Europe or Central America, or political persecution in other parts of the world. Still others know that they had family members from another part of the globe who came to America to search for a better life, full of more promising opportunity.
Whatever the case, people are drawn to learn more. Starting out to do research on your family tree can seem a bit daunting, if not overwhelming. But there are some simple steps to follow that ...view middle of the document...
Also, ask your relatives to bring whatever photos they have, and if possible, whatever records they might have. It is a good idea to make copies of these, and let them hold on to the original. It will be the beginning of a very large pile of such records, and you don’t want to run the risk of losing records.
First Steps In Researching Your Family Tree
Undertaking family tree research is can be a fun and rewarding process. While you will find that the path of research will very quickly take you off to places you never knew you would go, there are some good steps to take in the beginning that will help you create a foundation for further research.
First, start by asking family members for their stories, memories, photographs and records. In a family of any size, you are likely to find yourself with a large collection of documents to sort through from the very beginning. It is generally a good idea to make copies of any important documents, including photographs, and make sure your relatives keep the originals.
Second, try to think about the organization of the documents from the outset. Family tree research, like a lot of research, will leave you with tons of documents. Having a good way to organize and catalog that information (especially documents that might or might not apply to your research) will save you hours of trouble.
Next, there are many options for creating electronic families trees; you...