One of the best ways to start your family tree is simply to write down all of the basic information (birth, marriage, and death dates and
locations) you know about your relatives, as far back as you can go.
Start with yourself or your children, and then work backwards through the generations as far back as you can.
While such a list needs to be supported by documentation before you
share it with other researchers, as a starting point for your own research it's unbeatable.
By writing it all down, you will see quickly
where you have missing or conflicting pieces of information.
You will also get a sense of where you might want to begin looking up records or writing away for documents.
Once you've made your list, ask your living relatives for any information they may have.
This is especially important for the older members of the family, as they often have information about people who are long gone.
In many U.S. families, the oldest living generation is also the one, which immigrated to the U.S. or was the first-born after immigration.
Your parents or grandparents may have some memory of the "old country" or at least some passed-down stories to share.
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