Genealogy is the study of one’s own family or their roots. It is not enough for some people to only know about themselves from the limited world they see. The possibility that your ancestor might be a knight from the Middle Ages or someone who was a hero fighting the revolution is an exciting adventure and can sometimes make up who a person is. But beyond what you can get from you older relatives and what they can dig up in the attic, most people do not know how to research their family history.
There is access to all kinds of information on the Internet, which is the most obvious place to look. Genealogy introduction websites like Ansestoy.com, Rootsweb, or My Herigate.com are some of the most logical places to look, although not everybody might know this and there are other websites that can be helpful, as well. There are several different sources of information because not all of the websites contain the same things. Marriage licenses, birth or death certificates, military records, census records, wills, or even old tax information are some of the things you might find and they might not all be found in the same places. You also have to be able to filter out who your relatives are because there may be many people with similar names and sometimes, misspellings can occur. Bits and pieces of your past family history can be helpful because you may be able to fill in the gaps on missing information, especially during your genealogy introduction phase. It is easier to find your relatives with the more information you have loaded into the searches, however.
What’s great about the internet is that these sites have uploaded a lot of recoded from places that the average person who not have easy access to like Elise Island. You can sometimes find records of your ancestor’s trip into America. The important thing to remember about these records is that they were handwritten at the time. It is possible for the names to be spelled incorrectly.
You can also research your family history by getting records from the local court house. Like the genealogy websites, you can find marriage licenses, birth or death certificates, or divorce records. You may also find these records through your state department. Often times these types of documents contains links to other information or will fill in the holes that you might need to complete a more accurate search on the internet. Another less obvious place to search would be places like funeral homes in the towns that your ancestors lived in and cemeteries. In addition to death records, funeral homes may provide clues like the names of spouses, children, or parents.
A genealogy introduction to your family’s past can be a rewarding hobby that is more satisfying to yourself and other family members than any other hobby because you are passing the family’s history on to the future generations to come. If you have started finding the basic information on relatives that were your ancestors, you will make it easier for someone to complete the information you have found, especially if you are giving them the most accurate information. Your genealogy introduction can be carried on for many years from now.