This ten step guide will help you on your way to discovering your ancestry. There is such a wealth of information out there that you will find about your ancestors. It can though become quite overwhelming for you to know where to start and how to find that information.
You can follow my 10 Steps to Family History to help you discover your genealogy!
I hope that the guides that I have included here will aid you with your research. Also, I hope that during your fact finding you will find a wealth of information on your ancestors that will enrich your family history.
Below you will find a brief outline of the 10 Steps to Family History with links to further articles that will assist you.
If you have any comments, queries or suggestions for topics to add to this page then please feel free to contact me.
The 10 Steps to Family History
Researching your family history can be quite a long journey. I myself spent about six years researching my own genealogy until I reached a level that I was happy with.
Although you could go on forever. The journey is endless and so your children, your children’s children may take on where you left off.
I was fortunate that my father did quite a bit of researching for a number of years beforehand. So I had these resources to work with before I went out and explored new information that was out there.
Genealogy takes time and money!
Genealogy though does depend on how much research you are willing to take, how much money you are willing to spend, and also how far back you are willing to go.
To help you on this journey I have broken this down for you into ten steps.
On this page I will briefly explain these ten steps for you. Links to articles I have written are also provided within each step. This step by step genealogy guide will show you the way you need to go on your family history journey.
Following these ten steps will ensure that you get the most from your family history research. If you have any queries then please feel free to contact me.
Step 1 – Start With Yourself
A great starting point is to begin with yourself by recording your details. Once you have done this then you can find useful information that you have around the home.
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Step 2 – Ask Your Relatives
Your relatives are a great resource of information and must not be overlooked. Not only do they have records of interest to you at their address but they may have valuable memories and stories about your ancestors that are not recorded anywhere.
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Step 3 – Write What You Have So Far
Having so much information in front of you can be very overwhelming. So how can you make sense of it all.
By writing your family history you can start to make order of it. By doing so you will be able to explore where you will need to research more.
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Step 4 – Concentrate On An Individual
When you first begin genealogy it is too easy to want to find out all that you can about your family. It is best though to first learn all that you can about one of your ancestors.
As you find new information about your ancestor you will learn what genealogy is all about.
You will learn new things, new procedures, and new skills. Once you have researched one individual then you can take what you have learned and apply it to the next ancestor.
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Step 5 – Search Online
There is so much information online these days that there is surely something out there about your ancestors.
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Step 6 – Research Where Your Ancestor Lived
Finding out about where you ancestors lived can bring a whole new level of understanding to your research. It can give you a feel of what their life was like for them. You can do this by checking newspaper archives online.
You may even try your luck with Google which may help you find interesting insights into the hometown of your ancestor.
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Step 7 – Visit Archives and Family History Society
The local archives will have records of your ancestors which will have certificates such as birth, death and marriage. They may also have other useful documents concerning your family.
There will probably be a local family history society that you can get in contact with. They maybe able to provide with more information for your research.
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Step 8 – Enter Your Collected Information
You can enter what you have so far into a genealogy software program. This tool will be able to make sense of the mass of information that you have about your family.
Genealogy software are useful as they can print out charts of your family, reports, maps and so much more.
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Step 9 – Visit Your Ancestors Area
There is nothing more than getting to know your ancestor than by physically standing where your ancestor lived and worked.
Although the scenery may have changed you will feel a strange sensation knowing that you are walking where your ancestor once walked.
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Step 10 – Repeat The Steps
Now that you have researched one ancestor you can then apply what you have learned to the next ancestor, and the next, and so on.
There is no ending to this journey though as you continue going through your family tree.
Also, as new information is put online all the time you can revisit ancestors you had previously explored and fill in this new data.
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