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Family Tree Search: Finding Your History
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Starting a family tree can be a rewarding experience for you and your family, but where do you begin? The first step is to gather all possible information about your family from your relatives, including names, relationships, birth dates, death dates, marriage dates and places of residence.
Once you have gathered this information, you can begin charting it to clarify relationships. At this point, you may want to consult a book about genealogy, such as Gilbert Harry Doane's "Searching for Your Ancestors".
To fill in any gaps in your chart, you can consult the a particular state's vital records office for birth and death records. The National Center for Health Statistics provides a list of links to each state's vital records office contact information.
Once you have exhausted the vital records resources, it is time for you to begin historical research. You can study the historical and geographical background by looking at maps of the towns, counties and states where your relatives lived. Next, you can begin the last step of visiting libraries to research genealogical collections, historical societies and other archives.
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