Getting Started Researching Your Family History
This article provides an overview of how to get started researching your family tree. It assumes you have some knowledge of your family history, and you want to learn more. How do you go about learning about your ancestors, who they were, where they lived and what they did? The good news is that all you need to get started is a pen, a piece of paper and a willingness to do a bit of detective work.
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.