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10 Tips on How to Research a Family History

Rose Patterson
10 Tips on How to Research a Family History

Researching family history can be an incredibly fulfilling undertaking. You get to meet relatives from the past, learn your roots, and discover fascinating stories that culminate in you being where you are. However, the task of ancestry mapping can be a daunting one. The sheer magnitude of the information you need to piece together can be overwhelming, or sometimes you may just not know where to begin. So here are ten tips to help you along.

List what you already know

Search local sources

Scrutinize your closest relatives

Family history portals

Browse documents

Image search of an ancestor

Research your ancestors’ networks

Get death records

Follow death record clues

Build your family tree

Once you have a wealth of information, you have to find an efficient way to illustrate it. One of the best ways is using a family tree. There are many different variations. The objective is the same – to help you show your family connections in an easily understandable way. People can immediately see who is related to whom, and delve a little deeper into their lives. It is a great way to summarize your family history in a way that is engaging and will keep everyone interested. 

At first, the question of how to research family history can seem quite difficult. Sources of information may not be immediately obvious. However, if you look in the right places, you will soon find that you are sitting on quite a considerable amount of the very information you need. And, with a bit of creativity and effort, you can easily get access to plenty more and end up with a rich, informative family history.

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Rose Patterson
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