Three Things You Have To Do First
If you are asking yourself – How do I find my family?, then you’ll be glad to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The reason so many people become passionate about finding family history is that once you are successful at finding one name, you’ll want to find other names that link to that person. And on and on… Each new name, date or relationship you discover is a bit of a thrill for the avid family historian. But to lay the foundation for the rest of your family history search, be sure to do these three things first. If you skip these steps, you will probably waste some of your time later.
Start with yourself: You have to start with yourself. Unless you know who you are, you can’t find your ancestors. Collect your birth certificate, passport, your social security card, marriage certificate. These are the basics only. Take some time to put together a little 3 ring binder on yourself. Make copies of important documents and put the originals in a safe deposit box or other secure place. It’s even better if you can gather stuff on yourself that your kids and grand kids will love seeing: your high school or college diploma, high school yearbook, baby pictures, prom picture, school report cards, immunization records.
Once you start gathering, you may be on this step for a while. Take as long as you need to. If you’re married, do the same to collect everything you can on your spouse. Then do the same for each of your children. Only after you have completed the gathering and preservation process for your nuclear family should you start tracing your ancestors.
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