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Start Now Recording Your Families History

Updated on July 16, 2012

My Family

Before It's To Late

Show interest in your family name.
How much do you know about your family? Your immediate family? Your extended family? Do you know how your parents lived? Do you know how your grandparents lived? The time to find out about your family history is now before they are all gone. Here's how you can do it. Get out a pen and a notebook because you're going to want to write everything down. Next it's time to visit some relatives.

Journey to your nearest living older relatives. Sit down have a beverage of choice and talk. Ask as many questions as you come to mind then sit back and listen. You might be amazed by the stories you hear., the things you learn about your family. Most older relatives want you to pick their brains about what they call the good ole days. It's just they figure nobody it interested enough to listen. I learned so much from dad when I asked him questions.

As you're listening,write down as many family stories as you can. You're never going to remember every word of your conversations so write down as much as you can. When you can take the time to transfer your notes into a typed document. As you're typing up your notes more questions may pop up you will want to ask. Remember talking to your older relatives is not a one shot deal. It is a process because each time you go it sparks more and more memories.

Another good source for finding out about your lineage is to use sites like to research your family history. This site offers many options for entering you family name and then researching the name. There are only two drawbacks to the site. One you have to pay for a yearly subscription and the second you can only go back as far as the information the site draws from. Still if you don't mind the fee you might be surprised by some of the things which turn up.

You probably don't like them especially those of you who are young but family reunions can be a good source of information about your family. Think about it you have quite of number of older relatives in one place at one time. It is a veritable treasure trove of family information. You will find at these events one family member will love to give dig up the dirt on what your parent was like as a child. A word of warning most family member will talk faster than you can write and they don't like to repeat themselves so a small tape recorder may be in order.

A family history is always great to have around. Right now you might not find it to interesting but as family members pass away you will find yourself wondering what it was like back when. But then it will be to late, so start now and talk to as many relatives as possible. Happy hunting.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That is so powerful and useful. I voted up.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Whit - I am so glad you have written this hub. As you state it is so important to record the information so many before us can provide. I recorded several of my family members who are now gone and I thank God every day for giving me the insight to do this.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      One thing I want my daughter never to forget is her family history. It's important to know your roots.