CREATING YOUR TREE
If you have not already been bitten by the genealogy bug, this is of no use to you. Nor will you even be reading this. But, if you are thinking of starting your family tree, here are some beginning tips on what to do.
- Start with your parents. What do you know of them, where they met, lived etc.
- Your grandparents. Now if you are fortunate enough to still have them, ask as many questions as you can, and have a tablet. This is how I started. Learn about their siblings, where the grandparents lived, worked and who their parents were. The great-grandparents are key. This could take you back much further, probably Civil War time depending on your age.
- Photographs, hopefully mom saved a lot of these, and grandma too. Hope that the photos have names and dates on the back.
- Resource centers cemeteries in which your ancestors are buried, local LDS centers, death, marriage and birth certificates in your family.
- Join an online community , such as Rootsweb, Genealogy Wise, FamilySearch, Genforum or Ancestry. This is a great way to network your info.
- Research on Findagrave, I have found many headstones there, as well as other family buried in the same cemetery. This also gives you locality information on where your family lived.
- USGenWeb has great information broken down by state and county. There are volunteers there to help.
- Local libraries/archives has old census records, deeds and abstracts, as well as court records to help you in your search.
- Visit towns in which your family grew up, I did this recently and discovered a new world.
- Lastly, try to stick to one family at a time, if you don’t, you may stray and never get back to your original question……