There is a lot of advice out there in how to get started in genealogy. You will need to find your own style of learning in order to create consistent and organized research.
The first thing you will need to do is ask yourself some questions:
- Do you want to find your paternal or maternal lineage?
- What do you want to learn about your family history?
- How much time will you invest in your search and will this realistically match your goals?
- Will you share this with your family or with other researchers?
Start With You
- Start with what you know. Yourself. Enter your name, birth date, and spouse/marriage/kids information if applicable.
- Next, add your parents. Enter as much information as you know. If you are not sure, you can interview them. Don’t forget the stories!
- Decide if you want to learn about your father’s side or your mother’s side.
- Add your Grandparents and so forth, working back in time.
- When you hit a brick wall, you will need some help. This is where some great tools will help you out. Follow this (unaffiliated) link to learn about Best Genealogy Software for 2019.
I personally use Family Tree Maker, however, it is no longer supported by Ancestry.
How To Get Started In Genealogy – A Family Tree Research Guide for Beginners is ultimately packed full of information. It keeps the steps for creating your family tree simple. It is $10 to purchase and it includes:
In This Guide:
- 10 Key Points to Getting Your Family Tree Started
- Family History Interview Questions
- 17 Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners
- 30 Best Genealogy Blogs to Follow
- GP Area Local Cemeteries Contact List
- Ancestor Lockets
- Family Relationship Chart
- 4 Generation Pedigree Chart
- 6 Generation Pedigree Chart
- Individual Worksheet
- Family Group Worksheet
- Research Checklist – Individual
- Research Checklist – Topics
- Census Forms – PDF File Download Link of 38 Blank Census Forms
You do not need to do a DNA test to learn your family history, although it is really exciting to see those connections!
If you still need more help, contact me and together we will build a strategic plan specifically designed for you.
Genealogy Café Classes will also help you learn more about how to connect with your Ancestors.