How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor

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#Write down what you already know about your family. Talk to relatives and family friends, and look for memorabilia, such as letters or certificates, to learn the dates and places where your family lived.  
 
#Write down what you already know about your family. Talk to relatives and family friends, and look for memorabilia, such as letters or certificates, to learn the dates and places where your family lived.  
#Decide what missing information you want to learn about your family. You may want to know the date of your grandfather’s death or the names of his parents.
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#Decide what missing information you want to learn about your family. You may want to know the date of your grandfather’s death or the names of his parents.  
#Find out what research has already been done. Search family sources, Internet information, and published books.
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#Find out what research has already been done. Search family sources, Internet information, and published books.  
#Search other records to find missing information. Search vital, church, and census records.
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#Search other records to find missing information. Search vital, church, and census records.  
 
#Evaluate and share your information. Did you find what you were looking for? Was the information complete?
 
#Evaluate and share your information. Did you find what you were looking for? Was the information complete?
  
 
[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=32916_How_Do_I_Start.ASP How Do I Start My Family History] is a step-by-step guide about this process that can be found on the FamilySearch™ Web site.  
 
[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=32916_How_Do_I_Start.ASP How Do I Start My Family History] is a step-by-step guide about this process that can be found on the FamilySearch™ Web site.  
  
Go to [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org].  
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Go to [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org].<br>
  
#Click the '''Search''' tab.
 
 
#Click '''Research Helps'''.  
 
#Click '''Research Helps'''.  
 
#Click '''Sorted by Title'''.  
 
#Click '''Sorted by Title'''.  
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For more a more comprehensive guide to starting research, see [[A Guide to Research|A Guide to Research]].  
 
For more a more comprehensive guide to starting research, see [[A Guide to Research|A Guide to Research]].  
  
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Revision as of 03:51, 12 August 2009

To begin a search for your family, follow the steps below:

  1. Write down what you already know about your family. Talk to relatives and family friends, and look for memorabilia, such as letters or certificates, to learn the dates and places where your family lived.
  2. Decide what missing information you want to learn about your family. You may want to know the date of your grandfather’s death or the names of his parents.
  3. Find out what research has already been done. Search family sources, Internet information, and published books.
  4. Search other records to find missing information. Search vital, church, and census records.
  5. Evaluate and share your information. Did you find what you were looking for? Was the information complete?

How Do I Start My Family History is a step-by-step guide about this process that can be found on the FamilySearch™ Web site.

Go to www.familysearch.org.

  1. Click Research Helps.
  2. Click Sorted by Title.
  3. Click the letter H in the alphabetical list near the top of the screen.
  4. Scroll down and click How Do I Start.

For more a more comprehensive guide to starting research, see A Guide to Research.

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