Getting Started Researching Your Family History
Many people consider researching their family history to be an enjoyable pastime. Formally, the tracing of one’s descent from an ancestor is known as genealogy (genea comes from the Greek word for family, thus genealogy translates as the study of family origin). Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the world after gardening.
There is no shortage of books or internet sites that can help you in your genealogy research. In fact, the amount of information that is available, particularly on the internet, can be overwhelming at times. This article will help you manage all that information and guide you along the right path as you begin researching your family tree. Just keep in mind there are two critical factors that will ultimately determine your success:
- Gaining access to relevant information about your family.
- Having a methodical approach to organizing and displaying the information you gather.