Memory: Remember what you can.
- Begin by filling out a pedigree chart and family group sheets to use as a road map for your search. Start from memory. The goal will be to fill in all the blanks with accurate information that you have researched and documented.
- Take some time to remember and write down what you already know about your relatives and ancestors.
Home: Look for information in your own home
Look for information in:
- Attic, basement, storage areas
- Personal files, desk
- Closets, book shelves, drawers
Try to find:
- Letters, diaries, journals
- Certificates, legal documents
- Heirlooms, Family Bibles
- Obituaries, newspaper clippings
- Photographs (check the backs for information)
Relatives: Interview your relatives.
- Interview your oldest relatives first
- Contact relatives ahead of time and asked them to make copies of important documents
- Record your visits (paper, audio, or video)
- Don’t make your relatives self-conscious
- Identify people in photographs or listed in documents
- Ask questions that will encourage relatives to share facts and stories