Family Tree Ancestry

When you first start compiling a genealogy chart, you will find that there are family tree ancestry databases with millions of names, some of which might match those in your own family tree ancestry. But you need to know a bit about your family tree ancestry before you start. If you don't know anything about your family tree ancestry, you will find it incredibly difficult to track all the way through the branches that lead down to your roots!

First of all you need to understand the importance of your ancestors. These are the people from whom you are descended. You may meet dozens of people with the same surname as you, but if they aren't from the same family line, then you aren't directly related. Of course if you don't have any idea of the surnames of female ancestors before they married, your job will be even more difficult.

So where to start your Family Tree Ancestry?

The best advice is to write down the names and birth, marriage and death dates of as many people in your family as you can. Note ALL their names including the maiden names of women and everybody's middle names. It is one thing to be looking for a John Cramer, but if you know his middle name was James, your task will be that much easier. If you know when and where he was born (even approximately) you are more likely to find a hit once you start looking further afield.

Once you have noted everything that you can, ask all your living relatives what they know about your common genealogy. Add this information to what you already have.

Then you can start looking for records like birth, marriage and death certificates, and census records that will tell you more about these people. Generally what happens is you will find one name somewhere, and then you can link it to another. For example, having found John James Cramer (my great grandfather whom I knew nothing about) I discovered that he was the father of five children and what his wife's name was. That opened up a whole new branch of study. And that's what you need when you are finding out all you can about your family tree ancestry.

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