Researching Your Family History – Part 1
Tracing your roots, discovering your origins, getting to know your ancestors and learning of your cultural past is a richly rewarding experience that can benefit you and your family for many generations to come. This is especially important in today’s highly mobile, far-flung, often impersonal society where addresses change constantly and the once stable, multi-generational family and local community support structure has been fractured. We now live more like individual nomads than tightly knit tribes or clans and keeping track of those closest to us has become a real challenge. So it is even more important today that someone in your family maintain an accurate history to preserve a coherent sense of belonging to something more enduring, more meaningful, more permanent.
We have devoted ourselves to helping people make those personal connections and maintain their family histories for all who follow. We offer a complete range of related, custom-crafted products and services. But many of our clients prefer to conduct their own research and create their own family albums, scrapbooks, videos and other methods for preserving cherished memories of important people from the past, life’s special moments and their own legacies to pass along to their children’s children.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys taking a hands-on approach to projects like this, there are numerous good resources for aiding you in organizing your effort and researching your family tree. They offer a wide array of genealogical services and cover everything from tutorials on how to get started, articles full of helpful tips and links to archives of every kind.
One such source is www.genealogytoday.com where you can find several whole series of free files written for beginners and experts on topics like researching your ancestors, information on the origin of surnames and where to find the best public records. Another is www.ancestry.com, which also has an excellent learning center and associated community forums. To find two of the world’s largest collections of free family history, family tree and genealogy records, go to www.familysearch.org and www.ancestorhunt.com/mormon_church_records.htm.
Whether you do your own research and maintain your own archives or not, we are here to help.
Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.