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Researching Your Family Tree

By Features Desk

Monday, April 16, 2018.

Family is the most important thing in the world and is something we never want to take for granted. How much do you really know about your family and where they come from? Many of us go through life only knowing 3 generations of your family and never knowing where we truly came from, and it can mean missing out on a lot of knowledge. If you want to delve into your family history this year, here’s how you can do it.

Family tree

The first step you need to take when researching your family is to join a site such as genealogy and input your family tree as you know it. You will be able to start from yourself and record your siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents and so on until you can’t think of anyone else. This will give you a place to start and will allow the website to find information on birth records to start filling in the blanks and tracing the family back further.

Look through your house

A lot of the time your family home will have the odd random item which either belongs to someone from the family or mentions someone. Take your time and look through the whole house to see if there are any other family members which you can add to the list to widen your knowledge and give you more to go on in your search.

Ask your family

The easiest way to gain some more information about your family is to simply ask your family about it and see if they can give you any more information. Most of the time you might know names but not the date of birth or job they had. All of these facts can help you in your search and give you a way to make your family tree more accurate.

Think military

There will likely be at least one or two members of your family who served in the army at one time or another, and this is the perfect way to get a little more information for your search and add some interesting stories into your family history. Military records will give to information about where your family members served and what kind of things they did during their service. It can be incredibly interesting and give you a lot of amazing stories about your family to make you proud.

Join a network

It is always difficult to research your family history when you don’t know how to research certain records and you don’t know exactly where to start. This can be the perfect opportunity for you to join a network of people who are researching their family history and will allow them to share tips with you and even help you out with specific hurdles you run into during your search. This sense of community will also push you in the right direction and give you the motivation to continue your search.

One at a time

It can be tempting to just cram as much information into your family tree as possible and go back as far as you can physically go right away, but this will stop on from being able to appreciate every single person’s life story. Take your time when you are researching and take it one person at a time. It will be much more fun because you’ll end up learning so many amazing facts about each family member which you may have ended up missing otherwise.

Test your DNA

Did you know you can buy a DNA testing kit and see exactly where you came from out of the first 13 woman who ever existed? It is incredible to think you could trace yourself from the dawn of man, but you can thanks to your mother. Every woman in your family carries DNA in their mitochondria, which is something men don’t do. This mitochondrial DNA stays the same throughout the generations and therefore can be linked directly to one of the first women who lived. This will be able to show you whether you left Africa and travelled through Asia, through Northern Europe or Southern Europe. It can reveal a lot about your nationality and where you truly came from. This is something which will allow you to fill in many gaps in your family tree and trace is as far back as records go! It could reveal that you are related to a movie star or even royalty!

Researching Your Family Tree

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