So you’re ready to start your family tree. But where should you begin? How far should you trace your family tree back? All of these questions and more can be answered below!
How to Start

First and foremost, contact your immediate family; they often hold some important information about your family’s history, and they can at least let you know where to start. Write everything down — write down your parents memories; your aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. Ask questions and gather up important clues and vital information (such as birth place, death dates, occupations, etc.).

 

Look at Photos

This one is pretty self explanatory. Photos often hold valuable information about your family’s history. Look at scrapbooks, old photo albums, and through boxes. Anything that holds a memory or two can tell a vital story about your family.

 

Take Your Journey Online

Did you know that there are a variety of websites that let you start your family tree online? Putting your information online is a great way to keep all of your research organized and in a central place. You can even share your login information with other relatives, so you can all build your family tree together.

 

Search the Census

The U.S. Federal census is the largest resource for family history and all of the information is at your fingertips. You can trace your parents, grandparents