Genealogy: Back to Basics

Want to trace your family tree but don’t know where to start?  Discovering the resources available and how you can use them can be tricky, so we’ve put together a quick guide for those just Getting Started with Genealogy.  Once bitten by the genealogy bug, it’s tempting to dive right in, but a little prep work can save a lot of time and frustration.

A few key tips from the guide:

  • Start with yourself!
  • Record names, dates and places on a pedigree chart
  • Look for records at home
  • Interview family members for more information
  • Read a good “how-to” book
  • Consult census & vital records
  • Read another good “how-to” book!

When planning a visit to the Grosvenor Room, the better prepared you are, the more likely you’ll be successful in your research. Bringing a pedigree or ancestor chart, with as much data recorded on it as possible, helps librarians and staff better assist you.

Winter is the perfect time to start your genealogy research–spend your days inside with your family tree and keep the snowy blues away!

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