Who knows if you are one of the descendants of one of the famous man of history? Truly, it feels nice to know your family history because this will give you an idea about how great your lineage is. For sure, almost all of us are linked to someone famous of the past!
With so many layers, family roots begun to grow deep hence it is not that easy to trace back your lineage. However, you can always try to trace your heritage by making your own family tree. Taking the task of knowing those people who possess your own blood is something that would interest many although the work can a little bit be intimidating. However, if you are aware of the things that you need to do and if you know what tools to make use of then you will see that researching your family heritage is in fact an enjoyable and rewarding thing to do.
The first thing that you can do is to start with what you know. Begin with your own self and try to move backward to cover each generation. Try to record the birth and death dates of the people in your family. You can also place their location, individual occupation and military service if any. If you have no idea on how to begin then you can scavenge your attic to look for those things that may give you an idea. If you can look for old photos, letters, marriage and birth certificate then the better. You can also seek the help of your family member in making your family history, ask them to fill in the blanks. Try to write down questions that you may want to ask then conduct a simple yet meaningful interview.
By now, you can start creating a family tree that shows five generation in your family history. You should start with yourself and just try to move up to your parents and grandparents. If you have any missing information then you can fill it up later on, do not worry. In giving information about family units, you can create a family group sheet. Begin with married couples and then note each child born in the right order. Organize the information that you have.
After then, you can fill up the gap in your family history by researching for the needed information. You can use all resources that may help such as the library, online resources, and local historical center. Indeed, there is much information that may give you facts about your ancestor. If you would like to look in the most sensible manner then you can begin your search in the U.S. Census records, passenger lists, birth, death, marriage certificates, the Social Security Death Index, and WWI Draft Registration Cards.
For sure, the Internet is one powerful tool in looking for the details in you family history because almost all records are available online. However, if you wish to look for the information that you really need then you should look for a public resource that really works.