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!

These guides will keep you on your journey!

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. 10 Steps to Family HistoryI 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.

The Guides:

What Does Your Surname Mean?

What Does Your Surname Mean?

While researching your family history looking for ancestors you may overlook the meaning of your last name. So, have you ...
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Sources of Information

What Sources of Information At Home Can You Find?

The first step to take when beginning your family history is to collect all possible sources of documentation around your ...
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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.

The Guides:

Family History Interview Questions

Top 20 Family History Interview Questions

Interviewing family members can certainly help your ancestry research. But knowing the right family history interview questions to ask can ...
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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.

The Guides:

Create A Family History Book

How To Create A Family History Book – Part 1

What better way to present your genealogy research than in a book? So please read on as I explain to ...
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Make A Family History Book

How To Make A Family History Book – Part 2

Are you ready to show off your genealogy research in a book? Well, then here are 5 more points showing ...
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What to bring to genealogy conferences!

How To Write A Family History Book!

Do you want to preserve the life of your ancestors and their stories as well? If so then you will ...
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Making A Family History Book

Making A Family History Book Can Be Fun!

Do you want to preserve your family's history and the genealogy research that you have already done? Making a family ...
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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.

The Guides:


Old Occupations Their Meanings and How To Find Them

Wondered about what your ancestors did for a living? You may however know their job title of these old occupations ...
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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.

Genealogy sites such as Ancestry and FindMyPast have so much resources available to you that it is well worth checking them out.

The Guides:

Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com and FamilySearch

Top Genealogy Sites – Guide Books to Ancestry and FamilySearch

There are plenty of genealogy search websites that can help you with your family history research. The top genealogy sites ...
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Genealogy Search Websites

What Do Genealogy Search Websites Offer?

Want to find records about your ancestors to help with your research? Well, there are several genealogy search websites online ...
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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.

The Guides:

Historical Maps of North America and Europe

Historical Maps of North America and Europe – Essential Collection

Maps can really help you to trace your your family history and the migration routes of your ancestors. If you look ...
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My Ancestor Was Irish

Where Did My Ancestors Come From – A British Guide

Finding out where our ancestors came from can become quite difficult for us family historians if we do not know ...
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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.

The Guides:

Genealogy Society

How To Find A Genealogy Society Both Near And Far!

Do you know where your ancestors come from? Well, a genealogy society can offer you information not only about the ...
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Family History Society

Join A Family History Society

Family history societies can be found all over the world. You will most likely find a family history society in an ...
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Plan a Visit to the Archives

Want to do more with your genealogy research? Well, one suggestion for you is to plan a visit to the ...
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At The Archives

What To Do At The Archives

Want to find out more about your ancestors? There are many services that are available to you at the archives ...
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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.

The Guides:

Best Genealogy Software Programs

Best Genealogy Software Programs – Your Top 5

There are several choices for you when selecting software to create and build your family tree. But what are the ...
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Genealogy Software Issues

You will find plenty of information when researching your family history. A computer program is great for storing data but there are ...
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Legacy Family Tree - Legacy 9

What’s New With Legacy 9?

New and enhanced features have been added to the best genealogy software program. Find out why Legacy 9 is today's ...
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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.

The Guides:

Find Cemetery Grave

How To Find A Cemetery Grave And What To Do When You’re There!

You can learn a lot from the graves of your ancestors. But how do you find a cemetery grave? And ...
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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.

Thank You and Please Leave A Comment

I hope this ten step guide will help you on your family history journey. If you think that this page will be helpful to others then please share with friends and family using the social media buttons below.

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