Tracing your family’s history is a fascinating journey. We will guide you along the way by offering how-to articles, and other resources that will help you dig deeper into your family’s past. Family history seems to be primarily about finding records. While they are important, usually the best first step is to look around your house for more informal artifacts and talk to your relatives. The kind of information you can get through these methods create a firm foundation for future research.

So you’ve decided to dig into your family history — congratulations! Genealogy is a fulfilling pastime, one that can bring a real sense of accomplishment and understanding to you and your loved ones. If you are new to the hobby, it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, with all of the traditional and online resources available. So let’s step back a bit from the microfilms and computer programs and start with the basics.

Whether you’re recording your family history on paper or on the computer, it’s best to gather as much information as you can first. That way, when it comes time to get everything organized and written down or entered into the computer, you will have enough information at your fingertips to create a fairly solid tree of several generations.