Ancestors Family Tree
If you are going to compile a family tree, first do some research and search to see if you can find an ancestors family tree - even if it is not complete. While genealogy has become more accessible in recent years because of the Internet, in the past people would hand draw their ancestors family tree or even embroider an ancestors family tree. You might even find one of these tucked away somewhere at home, in the attic perhaps.
Or perhaps you've decided that you are going to create a hand-drawn or sewn tree that you can hand down to your children, and their children. Of course there's no point in going to these lengths until you have the necessary information to complete your materpiece.
The Steps of creating your Ancestors Family Tree
Your first step will be to decide how far back you are going to delve. Certainly the further back you go the more interesting it will be, especially if you enjoy researching and learning about historical facts. The question really is how ambitious are you going to be?
Then you will have to decide where to start looking for the information you need to complete your ancestral chart.
A good place to start searching is with genealogy web sites and specialist genealogy search engines. Just be sure that they can search the records of the country where your ancestors lived. For instance, it's not going to be much good to you to access hundreds of American census records if your ancestors came from Ireland or even Canada. This can be quite frustrating, especially since some of the search engines revert to the USA (which seems to have considerably more online census information than other countries) even if you state that you are looking for an ancestor who lived elsewhere, Australia or England for example.
While there are many free genealogy sites on the web, another frustrating aspect is that when it comes to downloading really useful information, nine times out of ten you will be asked to subscribe to the site or pay some sort of a fee. It probably isn't surprising though, even when it comes to your ancestors family tree.