Wondering How To Make A Family Tree – It Boils Down To Just Three Core Documents Your Searching For!
I receive great feedback every day by email. I wish more people would use the comments form below to share their experience. Please don’t hesitate to do so yourself. Regardless, keep the questions coming. I wanted to write right away and respond to everyone with the answer to a great question I received. One beginner genealogist wrote, “All this about government resources and talking to your family is great but it’s still not clear what I’m looking for.”
Has this same question crossed your mind?
Here’s the bottom line. You want to trace your ancestors back as far as you can. By that I mean identifying your direct ancestors (your parents, your grandparents, your great-great grandparents, etc.). Brothers and sisters, Aunts and Uncles, they are all great people to keep notes on but your core family tree is just the parents of the parents of the parents of you (and beyond).
When you find a direct mother or father in your lineage, you need to have documentation that proves that they are a part of your lineage You do this with formal documentation. Namely, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates. You’re ultimately searching for these three documents for every person on your family tree. This is how you do a family tree.
These documents will provide you with the critical information you need to go back to the previous generation. For example, a birth certificate will tell you who the parents were.
Does that help? Stick with it… you’re doing great. Just take it one generation at a time.