Ten Step Guide

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.

Ten Step Guide

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. This guide will give you an overview to how you can get the most out of this exciting hobby.

If you have any comments, queries or suggestions for topics to add to this page then please feel free to contact me.


10 Steps to Family History Research

Researching your family history can be quite a long journey. I have spent more than six years researching my own genealogy, although I could continue forever.10 Steps to Family History

Your family history journey is practically endless. And your children, or even their children can continue your research.

I was very fortunate that my father had already began this journey of family history discovery.

I therefore had resources that I could work with before set off to explored new information.

Genealogy takes time and money!

Genealogy though does depend on how much research and money that you are willing to take and spend

And also how far back in time that you are willing to go.

This page will briefly explain the ten steps that you can take. There are links to articles that provide more information, guides, as well as tips.

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.


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

Writing your family history can help put your research into order. By writing you will be able to explore where to research for more interesting information about your ancestors.

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Step 4 – Concentrate On An Individual

You will learn new techniques, procedures, and skills as you research your ancestry. Once you have researched one individual then you can apply your new-found knowledge to the next ancestor in your family tree.

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Step 5 – Search Online

There is so much information online containing information about your ancestors. Genealogy search websites, such as Ancestry and FindMyPast, have so much resources available to you that it is well worth checking them out.

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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.

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Step 7 – Visit Archives and Family History Society

Local archives will have records of your ancestors, such as as birth, death and marriage certificates. They may also have other useful documents concerning your family.

There will probably be a local family history society that you can contact. They may even be able to provide with more information for your research.

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Family History Society

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At The Archives

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Step 8 – Enter Your Collected Information

You can enter what you have collected so far into a genealogy software program. This tool will be able to make sense of the mass of information that you have accumulated.

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

Standing where your ancestor once lived and worked can make you feel more connected to them. Although the scenery may have changed you will feel the 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 apply what you have learned to the next ancestor, and the next, and so on.

There is no end to your genealogy journey as you continue to research family members and branches of your family tree.

Also, as new information is brought online you can revisit ancestors you had previously explored and discover more about them.


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I hope this ten step guide will help you on your family history journey. If you have any questions or comments then please leave a comment below.

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