SOMEWHAT OLD, BUT NEW FOR YOU
HOW YOU CAN GROW YOUR OWN FAMILY TREE
The weather is fine.
Come into our garden.
Growing a tree is fun!
Let's just enjoy the garden and talk about it.
Listen to the birds sing!
Perhaps they are telling us stories of the past,
stories of long ago!
That is all you are doingwhen you write downyour family tree.
You are telling the story of people
that lived long ago!
People whose lives mattered and
who deserveto be remembered!
There is no great mystery to learning about your family,
about those who came before!
Who knows what you will learn?
But you need to begin now
before the memories fade.
Sit down with older members of your family.
They may have some very interesting
stories to tell you.
Please don't wait!
You may wait too long!
How many wonderful stories are forever lost
because we waited too long!
The things they tell you are priceless!
Don't forget to write the stories down
or you will forget them.
Now that you have your seed,
we need to plant it.
forms to help you.
Keep complete and accurate records.
Obtain a good genealogy program.
I really like Legacy,
but there are other good ones.
Check them out until you find one you like.
All plants need to be watered and nurtured.
Go to your library and explore the genealogy section.
I found some books that traced my family many generations.
Try the National Archives for census records,
military records, and many other records.
Don't forget the state archives either!
The Family History Libraries of the Mormon Church
may also provide a wealth of information.
Check out some good internet sources
like Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet,
Ancestry.com, or Genealogylinks.net.
Don't forget Rootsweb and GenWeb!
Those sites alone should keep you busy for a while.
If you want to see some of my work
check out this the Beyond Our William Daniel database.
There are locations where you can access
immigration records such as passenger lists.
If your family lived in early Virginia
try The Library of Virginia.
The Library of Congress has some interesting
records from the beginnings of the United States
online at their web site.
Be sure to check out the Bureau of Land Management site.
I found some of my family in their records.
The Texas State Library has some excellent links
including on-line listings of Confederate Veteran Pension Records.
Some nationalities such as the Polish Genealogical Society
also have web sites where you might find help
researching a specific nationality.
Use the various search engines to help you
search for whatever specific information you need.
Walk through a few cemeteries both online and off.
You might also like to check out some genealogy forums
to connect with other researchers.
Finally, have some fun.
All plants need a little fertilizer so
check out Genetoons.
Now we should have a tree in no time at all!
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