where will i find my family tree?
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- Shirley TLv 71 decade agoBest Answer
By researching it one generation at a time. Start with yourself and your parents and work back.
Don't expect to find your family tree online. You might find some of your family lines but then you must verify the information. Info in family trees on ANY website, free or paid, must not be taken as absolute fact. They are subscriber submitter and mostly not documented. Even when you see the same information repeatedly by many different subscribers on the same people that is no guarantee at all the information is correct. A lot of people copy without verifying. The information should only be used as CLUES as to where to get the documentation.
I believe Ancestry.Com is the best for its records. They have all the U.S. censuses through 1930. The 1940 and later are not available to the public yet. They have U.K. censuses. They also have immigration records and indexes to a lot of states' vital records. They have veteran records.
If it is too pricey, your public library might have a subscription to it. You should check out the genealogy area in your public library anyway.
A Family History Center at a Latter Day Saints(Mormon) Church has records on people all over the world, not just Mormons.
In Salt Lake City, they have the world's largest genealogy collection. Their Family History Centers can order microfilm for you to view at a nominal fee. Just call them or visit their free website, FamilySearch.org, to find their hours for the general public.
First thing you should do is to get as much information from living family as possible. Tape them if they will let you. They probably will be confused on some things, but what might seem to be insignificant story telling might turn out to be very significant.
Find out if any family has any old Family Bibles. Ask to see and make copies of birth, marriage and death certificates. Also depending on the faith, baptismal, first communion, confirmation and marriage certificates can contain valuable information.
- 1 decade ago
You should start by asking all your living relatives about family history. Then, armed with that information, you can go to your public library and check to see if it has a genealogy department. Most do nowadays; also, don't forget to check at community colleges, universities, etc. Our public library has both www.ancestry.com and www.heritagequest.com free for anyone to use (no library card required).
Another place to check out is any of the Mormon's Family History Centers. They allow people to search for their family history (and, NO, they don't try to convert you).
A third option is one of the following websites:
Cyndi's has the most links to genealogy websites, whether ship's passenger lists, ancestors from Africa, ancestors from the Philippines, where ever and whatever.
Of course, you may be successful by googling: "john doe, born 1620, plimouth, massachusetts" as an example.
Good luck and have fun!
Check out this article on five great free genealogy websites:
Then there is the DNA test; if you decide you want to REALLY know where your ancestors came from opt for the DNA test. Besides all the mistakes that officials commonly make, from 10% to 20% of birth certificates list the father wrong; that is, mama was doing the hanky-panky and someone else was the REAL father. That won't show up on the internet or in books; it WILL show up in DNA.
I used www.familytreedna.com which works with the National Geographics Genotype Program.Source(s): genealogical research
- newyorkgal71Lv 71 decade ago
You and your family have to create your own family tree.
For starters go to: FamilySearch.org.
If you need assistance, go to the Public Library in your city and ask the genealogist for assistance.
- 1 decade ago
mine is in my back yard!