Formal genealogy research constructs
a framework for integrating the other aspects of family history. It answers the
who, when and where questions about the story. The what,
how and why are filled in later.
My research has been
sporadic, mainly relying on lucky breaks and the goodwill of other researchers with
more expertise. This is a testament to the nature of genealogical research: people
are eager to share what they know.
These are some suggestions for
preliminary family tree research:
- Interview family members to find facts that will give your search direction.
Ask them for the names of other relatives who might know more about the family.
- Build on your relativesí research.
- Use the genealogy resources at libraries.
- Visit cemeteries to get names, dates and possibly to determine relationships
- Check county record collections. If they keep a guest book, contact people
who are seeking information about the same surnames.
- The Internet is teeming with genealogy sites and message boards. Perform
simple searches for specifics or use some of the popular sites for general
information. See links.