By far the most important sources of knowledge of your family’s history are family members, usually grandparents (and if you’re lucky, great-grandparents). But too often, interest in your own genealogy does not arise until after these information sources are no longer around.
It is therefore of the utmost importance to seek out and record this knowledge while you can. Not only will you learn about names, places and relationship details, but even better, you will learn family stories and histories that enable the bare bones of the family genealogy to be fleshed out and brought to life.
Here are a few things you could do in order to start preserving this valuable ancestral information:
- Talk to the older generations of your family;
- Go through family photo albums and ensure you know who everyone is (too often names and dates are not recorded with these images) even if it’s just a matter of jotting down details on the reverse of the pictures themselves;
- If there is a tradition of recording important dates (births, marriages and deaths) in a family bible (or similar), then take note of this information and confirm where and how it all fits into the family’s history;
- Take an extra step and create a database of your known family history – from this you could rough out a family tree which could in turn become the starting point for future research.
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