Genealogy is an exciting search into your ancestry .  Much of your family tree research will come easy , and some will be more difficult.   Along the way you will begin to wonder if anything is accurate as you build your genealogy know how.

Census and legal documents may have illegible or incorrect names, wrong dates or errors in location .  As a researcher, you will need to question the evidence to determine whether or not the proof is correct .

Individuals study their family history for many different reasons.  Some wish to join patriotic organizations, which need a proven lineage.  Some do it for religious reasons.  Others for medical reasons, trying to trace medical issues through members of their family .  Perhaps they wish to leave a legacy for their children. Most start genealogy because they are fascinated with the study of their family tree .  For whatever reason it becomes a enthralling project.

There is a difference between a genealogy and a family history .   A genealogy is a collection of names, dates, and places .  A family history includes the personal family stories that add richness to the family records . 

The often heard question for those new to genealogy is “How do I begin ?”  

Start with yourself – work from the known to the unknown , gathering proof each step of the way.  Be objective and be organized.

There are several tools to get you started on your quest  to genealogy know how.  These include pedigree charts, family group sheets,  and basic filing and information organizational techniques. You will learn search techniques and will become familiar with family tree databases.

Enroll in a beginner’s genealogy research class to learn how to be productive with a family tree project.  Gaining knowledge from experts will show you where to start and how to shorten your research time.

Learn what books and relevant maps to have available . Locate local libraries, genealogical and history archives . 

Collect family papers , census and legal documents , oral stories , pictures , jewlery, pins, medals, ribbons, birth and wedding announcements , death notices , obituaries, holiday reminders and cards , scrapbooks and souvenirs .

Become excited, awestruck and filled with wonder as you increase your genealogy  knowledgeand build your family tree.  

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