I have always wanted to do research my ancestors What is the first step I should take.
This is a project for the future but I still need direction in where to look first.
The first think is to start with you then your parents and their parents and so for. If you don't know any of you grandparents ask your parents or family that might know. When I started I just knew my grandparents and that was it. So I asked my parents and aunts and uncles if they knew anybody and I got a lot more people then. Then you can go to the library and look up people like that some of the them have a genealogy place and you can find some information there. I hope this helps.
I have been doing genealogy research on my family for over 20 years and I started with my parents and my grandparents.
First, gather all the information you can about your direct ancestors...parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. Collect birth/death/marriage dates and locations. Record the source of the information so you can refer back to the source if there is a discrepancy or you need additional information.
Ask family members for information, photos, obituaries, personal Bibles, journals and diaries, and anything else that might contain personal information about your family.
Get genealogy software so you can keep all your information organized and in one central location. I have been using Family Tree Maker for over 15 years and it works great for my needs.
After you've gone as far back as you can using word of mouth and family recollections, start using internet resources. There are genealogy sites all over the internet, as well as census records, birth/death records, and other personal data sources. Visit your local library and consult their genealogy section, if they have one.
That will get you off to a very good start.
Start with your parents and Grandparents ask them as many questions as you can about their parents and grandparents, write everything down or even record it so you can listen to it later. Then you can go to a Mormon church where they will help you for free. You do not have to be a member to go there and they will show you how to do everything.
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Sarasca's response to your request is very good. Just be sure you verify the information you get, even from family members. Everyone in my family swore that my great grandmother was born in one state but when I looked up the actual record they were wrong, she had been born elsewhere.
Some of the genealogy websites like ancestry.com can be very helpful in pointing you in the right direction. I have found many clues to help take my research further back through their information.
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