So you’ve decided to figure out who everyone is in your family tree. “How do I trace my family tree?” you may ask yourself. “What is the first step?”
Well, start out by collecting anything and everything you have about the family. Here’s a quick list:
Photos & Postcards
Other Family Heirlooms
Everything you gather may hold valuable clues to the identity and lives of your ancestors. Get into that basement or attic and look for old boxes that may have been left there when a relatives passed away. Check the closets and filing cabinets. You might have a lot of stuff or very little, but don’t be discouraged. You can get started with just your memory!
Don’t worry too much about identifying or sorting through everything right away. Just make sure you know where everything came from because you’re going to want to keep that in mind when you cite your sources later on.
Since these are supposed to be quick tips, that’s it for right now. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the next step!