Here are some suggestions on how to start researching your family history:
Start with yourself: start with what you know and work your way backward. Find out the vital information (birth, marriage, death, and burial) information on your parents or grandparents.
Keep track of your information: record names, dates, places, relationships, and sources of your information.
Look at home: look for information in birth and death certificates, family bibles, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, letters, diaries, military discharge papers, baby books, information on the backs of pictures, etc.
Talk to your relatives: write, visit, call, or e-mail family members who may be able to help you fill in the blanks in your research.
Read a book: look at what the library has to offer. We have books and e-books on how to do family history research and books on specific groups of people who have come to the United States.
Use the Internet: there are many useful genealogy websites and services on the internet. There are also a lot of disreputable sites. On the Web Resources section of this page, we have included a few that might be useful in your search.
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