Do-it-yourself Family History, Part 1

get more people involve!!!

Families Across Time

The author in 1978 The author in 1978

The first thing you should do before you start developing your own family history is identify what you have on hand. Believe it or not, most of us have what we need to get started because it all starts with you!

But first a quick disclaimer: In the Internet Age, most of us have a love/hate relationship with privacy. If you plan on documenting personal information for folks that are living, do so with care. You may be willing to share your birthdate with others, but some family members may not. Ask first, publish second.

Assuming that I was starting from scratch, what do I have readily available?

Birth Certificate

I have a copy of my birth certificate. While I wouldn’t scan and post it to Facebook, I can use it to identify when I was born, where I was born, and who my…

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