Finding Your Family History Begins with You

It seems everyone these days is going nuts over genealogy. And why not? Genealogy research helps people learn a lot about their family history and about themselves, from medical history to traditions and customs. Discovering your family history is also great way to help preserve information about your family for future generations.

There are many modern examples of how people have used research about their family histories to create online resources that everyone can appreciate. Here are just some examples: Turner, Henry Family, Winslow Family History, Tilley Family History, Smith Family Forum, and Phineas Upham Family Genealogy.

If you’re excited to trace your genealogy but don’t know where to start, look in the mirror. Most people are so eager to find out about their past that they forget to document their own lives. The first step is to write down vital but basic information about yourself. Once you have the information, you can use it to create a Family Group Sheet. You can also volunteer the information to an online directory, making it accessible to other family members who might be searching for you. Examples of online directories include,, and Here is what you need to record:

  • Full name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Marriage date (if applicable)
  • Spouse’s full name
  • Spouse’s birth date
  • Spouse’s birth place
  • Spouse’s death date (if applicable)
  • Spouse’s death place
  • Same information about your kids (if applicable)

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