GETTING STARTED IN
GENEALOGY

Your journey to discover your family history begins with you. Start by collecting records, documents, letters, photographs and other memorabilia about you and your immediate family. Look at the information they provide – names, dates and places – and begin organizing that data. Your analysis of that information will generate questions like what happened to Uncle Harry or is “Aunt” Sarah really our aunt. Use these questions to develop your own research goals. First you decide what you want to learn more about, then you develop a plan to discover that information. Your plan might include a list of people to talk to along with the questions you want to ask them. You may need to visit a local courthouse and look at property or probate records. And, as you collect information, it could answer your questions as well as generate new ones.