Genealogy is the study of family history and lineage. This kind of research is meaningful to those who undertake it for a variety of reasons. The study of families combines all the methods and analyses of academic research with the personal relevance of helping the researcher to understand their family history.
A family tree can be basic or complex. You will be amazed as the kinds of history you can uncover about your family, but the results may be out of your control. Family secrets and mysteries may impede (or enrich) your research.
How to collect information about the family’s history?
People who create blood line trees often depend on information from various sources to fill in the blanks of their genealogy history. If you are embarking on your family Assignment, expect to look for information from sources such as:
Court or government records
You can find criminal or civil court matters that involved your ancestors, which can be invaluable for family history research.
You can also request birth, death and marriage records from a local courthouse. If this information is not accessible online, you might need to take a trip to the courthouse to request information.
This kind of information isn’t always immediately available, so call ahead to find out the individual court’s process for record requests.
The online is a great place to look for information at any stage of your journey. You can use Google to help you research your family. If you are interested in getting detailed family history research, beyond the scope of simply creating a family tree, you can subscribe with genealogy websites such as geneology4u.com to connect to research that already exists in family history databases.
Collection of memories
A lot of family history research begins with referring to the memories of those who can attest to stories from the past. Talk to your living relatives, tell them about your research and ask them about your family, and the past.
Ask from siblings or the other members of the family if they know of any family documents, photo albums or letters that you can consult for your research. An old box of paperwork can be a treasure trove of information!
Research from various libraries
If you have consulted your other members of the family for stories and records, you may be satisfied with your search and able to complete your genealogical tree. If you still have unanswered questions or wish to make a very detailed genealogy tree, take your research to the library. Old newspapers, archives, and articles may help you confirm details you learned from genealogy, and provide more information. If your ancestors lived in other cities or countries, you may have to consult the near library in the places where they had spent their lives.