How To Trace Your Family Tree
Wondering how to trace your family tree? Find genealogy how-to articles to successfully find your ancestors and build your family tree. Finding your ancestors does not have to overwhelming, but it does take time. Learning step by step is the key to successful genealogy research. Here at Are You My Cousin? you will learn:
- How to start your research the right way (Hint: It's with a plan!)
- How to progress your research forward
- How to find and use both common and uncommon genealogy records.
Were your ancestors poor? To research and find destitute ancestors, seek out records created for the care of the community’s poor. One of the common frustrations I hear from you, my readers, is the lack of records for your destitute or poor ancestors. Yes, our poor ancestors certainly present with some unique research challenges. Why is that? Your poor or destitute ancestors typically did not own land and will not be found in the land records. Ancestors who had no estate that needed to be disposed of, did not typically leave wills or have estates that were probated. Your poorer ancestors may have moved frequently in search of jobs making…
Struggling to research your common surname ancestors? Try these 4 strategies to help you find those ancestors with all too common last names! Tracing an ancestor with a common surname can be just plain frustrating. Am I right? I never intended to research my White family ancestors. That common surname “White” just seemed too daunting. John White in colonial North Carolina and Virginia? No, thank you. Quite frankly, I was intimidated by the prospect of such a genealogy project. I knew there would be no quick or easy answers. But then…. A phone call from a fellow White family researcher changed all of that. Fast forward a number of…
You found an ancestor's document, but cannot read the handwriting! Use these 6 tips to be able to decpher your ancestor's records and find ALL of the clues for your genealogy research.
Delayed birth certificates can be a treasure chest of genealogy clues for the researcher. Find "extra" supportive evidence of an ancestor's birth not found on the standard birth certificate.