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Learning About Your Family Tree In Genealogy

Aug 18, 2007
Researching family history is something that many people dabble in, wanting to know more about where they came from and maybe even try to see where their family line might end up in the future.

An interesting thought of some is that family history can divulge much information about our personalities. Some are simply curious. A family tree gives a detailed lineage for finding how history affects us currently.

Many people begin genealogical research following a major event in their lives. A birth or death in the family, marriage, or other major turning point can spawn an interest in genealogical research.

Other people begin a family tree history simply out of curiosity or interest. Often a heritage project begins as a way to fill time over a summer and becomes a lifelong hobby.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to research your family tree history, there are some standard methods that are generally used. First, you will want to interview your family members, particularly the older generations.

They can give you information about their parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles. You will also want to determine whether any sort of written history already exists, perhaps in a family Bible.

Once you have gotten all of the information that you can, you will be ready to move on to records searches. The Social Security Death Index is a wonderful resource for anyone performing genealogical research. The Index allows you to search for records of people who have died in the United States.

Simply enter as much information as you know about the person and the Index will provide all matching records. You can use this resource to find someone's social security number and the state and zip code of his or her last residence, as well as exact dates of birth and death. This information can help you determine where to go next in researching your family history.

Land records can be helpful in determining the property holdings of your ancestors and help you trace your family history to specific locations or towns. Census records may also provide information, though these will not give data on direct households.

Census records are useful in providing information on dates or family members. Both types of documents may be available online, though this depends on the time and location of the period you are researching.

Many other types of records may also help you in your search. Depending on your specific research situation, you may discover military records, probate records and other documents. Each of these records that you uncover will add a bit more data to your family history.

Delving deeper into your family tree history can be a wonderful hobby to take up. You'll gain a better understanding of yourself, as well as how you came to be where you are. One interesting factor is that the quest for a complete family history never ends, and there will always be one step more back in time that you can take, making the hobby an everlasting pursuit for knowledge.
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