How to Do Family Tree Research

Learn how to do family tree research right here.  We can get you on the right track today.  Researching family history is such an adventure! Over the years, my time, study, research, and recording have varied – from day-after-day to nothing for months. I was fortunate, too, that in some branches, much of the basic work has been done and how to do family resarch books were and/or are available with the information needed to complete charts.

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For me, however, family history is more than charts! Gathering and identifying old photographs, learning about professions, religions, education, lifestyles, health, habits, and so on from letters and personal interviews (via telephone, emails, or visits), are the things that bring our ancestors closer to our hearts.

With that in mind, I have kept any family treasure that is offered. Cards, letters, newspaper clippings of birth and death announcements, graduation and wedding invitations, and such are each tucked in archival sleeves for safe keeping.

Use Notebooks for Your Family Tree Research

At this time, I have over thirty notebooks of information about various branches of the family! And in boxes, more items to place in sleeves, then into these or new notebooks! Genealogy is an on-going process.

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You will need 3 ring binders, acrylic pockets to store items, and a pocketful of patience and diligence.   Anybody can learn how to do family tree research – and today is your day to begin.

There are numerous resources to guide the recording of family history, and many approaches to take. Make it fun! Get to “know” your ancestors! The task is satisfying. The result is a record for your children and theirs – a gift to posterity!  Learning how to do family tree research if very rewarding and important for your children and your grandchildren.  Take some time today to review the family tree resources available.

Written by Betty DeLorme
September 18, 2011

Updated February 27, 2018


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3 Responses to How to Do Family Tree Research

  1. One of THE best trips I’ve ever had was a genealogy-themed one I took with my mom, the family genealogist. We went on this amazing fact-finding mission to locate lost ancestors in Scotland. We discovered the ruin of an old inn that my 4x great-granny had managed and a cemetery with the graves of her family including her only son who had drowned. His obit read that he and his friends had done everything right, battening down the sails, but they still perished. I wrote about a Scottish ancestor in this cemetery post that has some neat US ties too:

  2. I did family research about 3 years ago. My mind could not process what my eyes were reading. I had to stop. Just be prepared to find out some things you might not want to know….

    • You are soooo right about finding out things you really didn’t want to know when doing genealogy research. I knew my great-grandparents came to the U.S. in the early 1900s but I didn’t know THEIR own parents were left behind in Hungary and murdered by the Nazis in front of their vineyard as witnessed by several other friends & family members. It shocked me to the core and I never met them. We are not Jewish but they were killed as civilians as part of the Nazi invasion.
      I can only imagine what horrors you have come across!
      Take care & God bless you.I’m grateful for knowing even if it’s sad news……

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