There are many wonderful questions that can help you with your family tree. Here are 100 to inspire you. Always be thoughtful with someone’s time and emotions during interviews.
Absolutely not. It’s estimated that only 10% of genealogical records are available online; the rest are in archives, courthouses, libraries, and other earth-bound places. Here’s how to find them.
Start right here. Understanding your surname, including researching geographical distribution, variations, and who else has it, can really help your family history research.
No special research is required. If you have a specific line you suspect contains royal relations, start there. Royal ancestry will reveal itself, if present, as you carefully build your family tree.
Yes! Researching a wider circle of family, friends, and even neighbors uncovers hidden information and paints a much more vivid picture of your direct ancestors’ lives.
Cousin kinships can be quite confusing! Your relationship with someone is based on the earliest direct ancestor you share, but even many long-time researchers still consult a chart to figure that out.
No. You can never assume that someone else’s research is accurate, and copying their tree can mean spreading their mistakes. Review trees with caution and compare them to your own research.
A vital record is one that is issued by governments or other entities to certify birth, death, marriage, or divorce. Some vital records are available online, here’s how to access them.
Being an organized researcher is key to building an accurate family tree to be proud of. Family History Daily offers a course to help you complete this task in our Course Center.
The GPS, developed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, is meant to help all genealogists build solid, accurate, and reliable family histories. Read more about the GPS here.
All sorts of relationships make up what we call “family” and, therefore, help to shape our histories – but whether or not you include non blood related family in your tree is up to you. Here’s help.
You can share a link to your online family tree via email or text easily from most programs, or you can create something more enduring like a book, binder, print or keepsake. Check out these ideas.
You’re never really “done” researching your family history. There are always new people, stories, and records to add to your tree. Enjoy the process, and don’t forget to source everything!
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