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The study of one’s individual family origin or roots is called Genealogy. Back in the day, you would have to visit courthouses in the city or town where the family resided to obtain certain documents pertaining to family history. Today, because of the fastest development in the field of information technology, it is much simpler to obtain family records at the tip of your fingertips. Valuable information is in your reach through the use of your Internet. You can see all the information such as birth and death certificate, census records, marriage licenses, military records, old tax information and even wills.
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Ancestors who held valuable information may or may not have left that information here for you to obtain. Some may have kept secrets that could answer many of your family's questions. Even in the absence of such “secrets”, there is a good possibility that other types of clues may be found in a living family member. With just a little bit of digging into family archives, you may discover some treasures to include in your research. Here are a few tips that we recommend for you to consider in gathering information to begin creating your family’s heirloom-the GriotBook. Also see "Collecting Memorabilia"
2. Interview the elders of the family: This would be your grandparents, great aunts/uncles, older cousins etc. It is best to video tape or record the interview along with taking notes.
2. Interview older siblings. Sometimes they may have had the oportunity to meet or grow up with family members who are no longer living. They may be able to tell you stories that only they and the loved one know about.
3. Ask your parents if they have any items that were passed down through the family. They may be in possession of heirlooms such as old pictures, jewelry, coins etc. Take photos of the things that you find to include in your GriotBook. Make sure that you label your photos. This will make your life easier as you prepare the contents of your GriotBook.
4. Interview close friends of the family. Family members may tell private things to their friends before they would consider telling it to another family member.
5. Check the social security archives on line for birth and death certificates. You can research old records that date back to about the 1900’s.
6. Gather information at family reunions. Oftentimes you will see family members there that you have not met before or haven’t seen in a long time. Set up a table area with a computer, notepads and pens; maybe even a camera so that you can interview members on the spot.
7. Obtain a subscription to Newspaper archive sites. Some small towns had a habit of printing all activities that took place in their area. Search in the area where your grandparents grew up. You will be surprised at what you can find in the good old newspaper.
8. Some may opt to do old fashion detective work by visiting the local court domicile. Almost all of the records provided by the genealogy websites can be found there. With the help of the state department, you can find the records on birth and death certificate, marriage or divorce records. Most of the time these records provide link that may contain some of the information that might be helpful as your references for more detailed search on the search engine.
9. Check Funeral homes or their online archives for records. They may give vital information such as name of parents, siblings, spouses and children. They can also provide accurate death dates and birth dates as well.
10. Sign up for Genealogy websites. You will be surprised at how much information can be found on these sites. Just like yourself, other family members may be seeking to connect with long lost family. Many of them will store information online such as a family tree. When you sign up for these services, you can have access to someone else's tree.
11. If you don't have the time to do your own research or you can't seem to find what you are looking for, you may want to consider hiring a genealogist. GriotBooks.com doesn't offer this service at this time, but We have posted a few below for you to check out.
Genealogy Freelancers is a FREE and Easy method that allows you to connect to a genealogy expert from anywhere around the world.
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Rootsweb.com is also Ancestry.com