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Hello and welcome to Searching Family History. My name is Leonard Smith III and I am glad you found my site. The fact that you are here means that you must be searching for information on your ancestors. I teach others to do just that! I have spent many hours on my own family history and developed many time saving methods that I would like to share with you on this free genealogy website.

"My goal is to teach others to fish..."

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First, make sure you sign up for my FREE newsletter for more great tips that are EXCLUSIVE only to Searching Family History subscribers. I will share with you my latest proven techniques on how to find your ancestors.

how to find your ancestors

Searching my family roots

My common-sense approach gives you the benefit of the many years I have spent interviewing relatives, digging through courthouse records, traveling to historic sites, searching websites, and rediscovering the stories of those who came before us. I value oral histories while also cautioning you to listen for contradictory narratives. I urge you to verify information through multiple sources is an extremely important part of the journey through researching your family history.

Remember as the family historian you need to keep a research log of the places you have visited--in person or through the Internet, will save you countless hours. I stress to you the value of dealing openly and honestly with unpleasant discoveries while at the same time respecting the wishes of elderly family members who might want to keep closed certain doors to the past. Finally, your links to genealogy and family tree websites offer readers an easy way to get started immediately- read the testimonies of those who have used our methods. Let's Get Started!

A Beginners Guide
A Beginners Guide to Searching Family History easy steps to follow to find your ancestors.
Newsletter
Sign up for my FREE monthly Searching Family History Newsletter, it brings you the latest techniques on researching your family history.
Lafourche Heritage Society
This Saturday, I attended the Lafourche Heritage Society 36th Annual History and Genealogy Seminar.
Testimonies
Some of the testimonies of those I helped using my research methods.
Create a Family Tree
The first steps you take to create a family tree don't have to be giant leap; they can be small baby steps.
Family Tree Diagram
Creating a family tree diagram can bring your research to life and make your findings more interesting to your family and others that you share it with.
Last Name History
As part of your research into your family history, you are bound to get caught up in 'last name history' - finding the origins of your family name (surname).
Trace Ancestors
A Family History Unique and Priceless- What did your great-great grandparents look like? Where did they originally come from? Who are you related to that you might not even be aware of?
Family Historian
The Family Historian an important role in searching family history.
How do I find my family
If you are asking yourself "How Do I Find My Family?" There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Interview living relatives
Interview living relatives - It goes without saying start with the older relatives first. You will never regret having a recorder and video camera at these interviews.
Trace Your Ancestors
The best way to trace your ancestors is to start with a simple game plan.
African-American Genealogy
Tracing African-American genealogy poses a special challenge for the descendants of black African slaves who were brought to America to be sold as slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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