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Genealogy Resources: Getting Started

Where to Begin?

Begin with YOU

Write down information about yourself. This information will include vital statistics as well as memories of your family history. Complete a pedigree chart, and talk to elder members of your family to help you fill in missing information.

Use your chart as a guide to help you work backward, to your parents, then grandparents and so on. 

Remember, start with yourself, then work backward.

So what do you need to know about each person in your tree?

  • When and where were you born?
  • Are you married? When and where did you get married?

If you are gathering information about a deceased relative, note when, where and how the person died.

Each of these facts should be documented.

Image illustration of a tree with vintage family photographs

Photographs from Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. 

Recordkeeping

There are several software programs and online resources for keeping track of your ancestors. The following are links to forms you can print for your recordkeeping:

   Cyndi's List

   FamilySearch

   National Archives