Now that you have a basic understanding of what’s happening with your family at least to the level that they remember, you can begin your records search. The goal of this step is to help reinforce what you have learned from them and through that learn more.
There are many ways that you can make this happen, though. It’s not necessarily a difficult process. We’ll go through a number of different methods that you can use to actually pull this information in.
As we mentioned before, many of the method and understandings of ancestry started with the methods that were used by royalty and other rulers. The method of recording things, though, didn’t stay just with nobility for very long.
By the 16th century, much of Europe was beginning to record their lives through records. To keep track of their citizens, countries began to take records into account.
These records were more than just birth and death certificates, though. The included things like marriage licenses, documentations for anything that were important during their life helped to create a paper trail. If they needed a permit for something, needed to file some type of report or had a major life change happen, it generally was recorded on paper somewhere.
During this time, most of these records were kept in their local and regional offices but also national offices or archives were used to keep track of everything that could be kept track of during this time.
Now, why does this matter to you? As you begin your records search, you should know how a genealogist undercover answers to their questions. And, often, these answers need to come from the information that has been stored in these ancient records.
Information in these records can be extracted but it can be difficult to get your hands on them without some type of genealogical experiment. Nevertheless, they are an ideal way to learn how families are connected and how relationships grew. Even more so, they are used to help create family trees and timelines which you can still use today.
Where does your records search begin? Like those European and later other areas did, most of the United States has records that can be tapped into from various regions.
As part of your search for answers about your own family, you need to tap into the paper trail that’s in place. From current families to those that lived years ago, there is likely to be some form of paper trail that you can use.
Here are some of the paper items that you should consider looking at for each of the people in your family tree, even those that you think you know enough about.
In these records listed, you can see where you’ll find information that can easily be used to track your family. For example, in birth records, you can easily go through the process of learning parents, relations that may be listed, addresses and even where the child was born.
In other records, such as in divorce records, this can show where the family was headed. Did you lose a branch of yoru family when great grandparents divorced?
Look at these following record search options to determine if your family could have filed them. Sometimes, just searching for these records for known family names can help to pull up a bunch of different pieces of information that you can later use to fulfill your needs in creating a family tree. Of course, you’ll learn about those people at the same time as well.
All of these records can be used for their each individual benefit. By asking questions to your family about these records and finding out what’s available, you could uncover even more information than you thought you had available to you.
Another important part of the process of learning about ancestors is tapping into the wealth of information available to you through land searches.
People have always owned property. A piece of land was an incredibly important part of life. Even well before people established the United States; land was a mark of nobility, of power and of self accomplishment. In many ways, the American Dream of owning a house and land was established years before in many other countries around the world. It just came to be more readily in the United States.
Therefore, land records are some of the very best tools that you have available to you to help uncover your genealogical line. Here are some of the records you need to take into consideration:
School records can also play a role in the establishment of family trees. In some cases, records have been kept by schools for hundreds of years, which means that if you know which schools your family members attended, you can learn more about them.
If you don’t know which schools were used, you can still use the records of local schools to get an idea.
If you are unsure where family members when to school, your search should take you into the direction of schools in the area in which you know they lived. Don’t forget about colleges, because some families did have the ability to send their children to colleges, even though children may not have graduated from there.
There are still other records that you may not have considered that need to be taken into consideration. Here are some additional records that you need to take into consideration.
All of these locations are important records to check. Even if you think that your family didn’t use these locations, it still can help you to connect the dots and answers questions that may be unanswered.
Because there are so many different records for you to keep track of, here’s a tip to help you to organize the information that you find.
Remember that we told you to make family cards that can help you to keep track of each family and how each of them related to each other? Now, create an index card (usually larger ones work better) that has one person on it. List their information on it.
Include any information that you can about each individual person. This will help you to organize their individual histories as well as their families later. Refer back to those cards often so that you can possibly see where people connected, moved, changes or began relationships with each other.
Of course, if you are using a computer program, this information can be easily tracked on these programs, assuming that they allow for it.