At some point in time, our children will be asked to do their own family tree, but before that day comes, wouldn’t you like to know where you come from? Building a family tree is an eye-opening exercise – you’ll feel closer to your family and learn some amazing things. It’s one of the most priceless gifts you could give your children. And what makes things even better is that modern technology can make it so much easier than ever before.
Here are three easy steps to building a family tree:
- Set up an Ancestry.com account and it will automatically populate the tree for you (alternatives include the MyHeritage or MobileFamilyTree 7 applications). You can add pictures, print it into a book, and pull up tons of public records like death records, military records, marriage records, etc.
- Find a family member who is already into genealogy – each family has one, and they may share with you the photos, letters, maps, or any other oral history. Your older relatives can also be helpful, but you may have to come visit them and interview them.
- Be aware that sometimes the public records are wrong or inconsistent– remember that names were often changed and birthdates adjusted when people crossed borders or arrived to America. Your job is to be like a detective.
Looking to get started? Visit www.Ancestry.com and you can build simple family tree for free. The premium account is also worth the extra investment. Happy hunting!