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Use family genealogy sources in your search

| Articles | June 22, 2013

If you want to know more of where you came from, the best source of finding out is through members of your own family.

Believe it or not, the best sources of your own search of whence it is you came from is from the very people you consider fortunately or unfortunately your family.

The following are advice and tips for you to be able to know more about your own family genealogy.

Write, write, write it all

The first step is in the writing down of all and every name that you know from both your parents’ sides. Basically, this means all members of your families.

Begin the process with your own name, after which, try to work backwards to the name of your parents and then the names of the parents of your parents, and so on.

Check with legal documents

It would be best to look for your own birth certificate as this basically contain the names of your parents as well as the dates of their births.

Check with your folks

It would be great if you communicate with your parents. Solicit their assistance with the dates and names you need. Most likely, the names of relatives you do not know or have not heard from for a while, will crop up as these names could have been vital during the growing up years of your parents.

Usually, your parents could be able to help you as well as they might have access to and eventually look up legal family records such as certificates of death, birth, records in the military, etc.

When you have access to such documents, immediately make a photocopy out of these and return the forms and original documents to your parents or to a place that is secure and safe.

Search pictures and photos

It is also helpful if you go and search through family picture albums, especially the old ones. Do not forget to check any writings at the back of the pictures to see if noted there are dates or details.

Looking at photographs that have been framed is also a good idea. Usually, there are obit notices that are stored at the back of picture photo frames.

Go through journals

Examining journals is also a good way to find out your family genealogy. Leafing through old notes and books could unearth details you never thought existed about your own family.

Do not disregard notes inserted in between pages or any notes written on them. Usuallu, diaries or journals are discovered in trunks and attics. They could also be found in bookshelves.

Look through stuff

Checking behind mirrors that are old and worn could also lead to unexpected family genealogy discoveries. Look for any messages that may have been taped.

Tell family what you are up to

Visiting or calling relatives is a good idea as they could be more than willing to help in your search. They could also add any details that might be missing in your list.

Soliciting stories from relatives is also a great way to find out more about your family genealogy. Believe it or not, such stories could transform your genealogy to a work of art.

All in all, family genealogy is a great way to know more about yourself and your family while having great fun during the whole process.

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