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Starting Your Family Tree In Five Steps

Posted on June 17, 2016 by iceprints

Family Tree

It is important to know where you are coming from. Feeling connected to one's roots can help you find your identity and feel closer to your family and ancestors. Starting a family tree is a fun way to learn more about where you come from and who your ancestors were. Here is how you can start this process.

Talk to older family members

The easiest way to start your research is to simply talk to your older relatives. They will be able to tell you more about their parents and perhaps their grandparents as well. They should be able to help you figure out who your closest ancestors were, what they did and where they lived. Gather as much information as possible by calling older relatives or by paying them a visit.

Use genealogy websites

There are many websites you can use to do genealogical research. You can usually find birth and death records as well as census records by looking up your last name on these websites. These sites can help you figure out where your grandparents lived, who your great-grandparents were and you might find that your family is larger than you thought. You should be able to find enough information to start putting together your family tree.

Check local records

You can get more details about your ancestors by looking at the official records kept by the cities or villages where they lived. Some local governments have made these records available online but you might have to contact their local archive expert if you cannot find anything online. Local archives might have newspapers and other resources where your ancestors are mentioned.

Check other types of records

You can get more information about your ancestors by checking military and immigration records. These records are available online and can be accessed for free There might be other records with information about your ancestors, such as archives kept by professional organizations they belonged to or by the schools they attended.

Create your family tree

Organize the information you have gathered and put together your family tree. Decide how much information you want to include on your tree. You can simply include the names of your ancestors and their dates of birth and death or decide to add more information, such as their profession and list the places where they lived. Once you are satisfied with the family tree, have it printed on a durable support. An ice print is an excellent choice since this support will last for years and you will be able to display it in your home. This is a great way to record your family's history while creating a keepsake you will be able to give to your children.

Doing some research on your family is really fascinating but you need to be patient. You might not be able to find all the information you need online and should get in touch with relatives who can help to make your research easier. Grandmothers, aunts and uncles often have a plethora of stories they love to reminisce about.

Ice Prints can help you preserve your special life memories for generations to come. Visit the website today for more information.

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