Genealogy has been attracting people who are interested in studying their family history. Building a family tree requires lots of time, patience and research, but the result gained from searching old family records is worthwhile.
Genealogy isn’t an easy process, and often takes hours of research analyzing census records, marriage and death certificates, and even tax records. Certificates of birth, marriage, divorce and death are considered “vital records” and searching vital records is an important part of composing a genealogy. All these records can help give a well-rounded picture of your family tree. Most records are kept by the state in which the event took place, so knowing where grandma and grandpa got hitched is important if you’re looking for their marriage record.
The Internet has taken researching genealogy records to a whole new level. The amount of information available online as well as in traditional offline sources is staggering. Determine what information you want to find out. Family tree research can be addictive once you start, so it is important to set goals such as knowing where in the old country your ancestors came from or to take your history back to a particular period in history.
Keep track of all the records you’ve requested and note whether or not you received them. If you can’t find a record, note the reason. This will prevent you from repeating your request for an unavailable record.
Family records are only as reliable as the person who filled them out. Death certificates are notorious for being wrong about certain things because the information is often gleaned from surviving family members who may be unsure of the facts.
If there are discrepancies in dates on family records, you may have to search for public or church documents to find the accurate date.
Also, you are advised to visit older family members personally. When you pay a such visit, you need to take a notebook and pen with you to write down all those nuggets of family history.