Who Do You Think You Are?

A show by this title airing on NBC on Friday nights has awakened my interest in genealogy. I had been working on my family genealogy for awhile and then took a break from it for over a year. While using Ancestry.com a couple of weeks ago, I found a family tree that had traced family members back to the 1600’s in England. I am now corresponding with the person who had that family tree on Ancestry, and as a result, I now have pictures of the church in England where my ancestors attended. In return, she was excited to hear from me, because I have information on a family line that she had been trying to find without success.

Using the information from the family tree I found, I am now looking for sources such as census records and birth, marriage, death and burial records. The Internet has really opened up the way people can research their family records, but as is the case with the Internet, sometimes the information that other people may have about your ancestor(s) can put you on the wrong path. It is very important to do your research using primary sources.

Who do you think you are? Once you start researching your family, you may be surprised to find out that your ancestors came from Europe or Russia or Africa. Maybe there is someone famous or even some royalty in your family line.

Genealogy is a fun hobby for older folks, but young people should start learning about their family history, especially if your grandparents or great-grandparents are still alive. They will have stories to tell you, and they will have information to give you so that you can start researching your family tree.

The following tutorial is an excellent source to get you started on your way to finding out who you are!

http://www.epl.lib.in.us/genealogy/getting_started.htm – Click on “How to Start Researching Your Family Tree”.

Forsyth Library has a subscription to Heritage Quest which provides census records, Revolutionary America era records, and Freedman records. See the library’s database page to access Heritage Quest – http://www.fhsu.edu/library/electronic/databases/

Look for more information in future blog posts, but in the meantime, if you have any questions regarding family history, contact me at 628-5901 or email pnichola@fhsu.edu.


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