Genealogy may have sparked your interest, but where and how does one start on a genealogical journey?
It is probably easier than you think - and contrary to conventional wisdom, you do not have to start at the very beginning – the best place is to start with yourself and your own family circle – the people you know.
“You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.” (Elizabeth Berg)
There are so many entry points to genealogy, we offer a few ideas if you want to try your hand at it.
Be careful not to be seduced by instant family trees. The true facts are ultimately more important and more valuable than a quick and impressive but false pedigree.
When considering family research, it is important to consider before you begin: What is your goal? What do you want to achieve? What is the scope of your planned study?
Whether you just want to dabble in genealogy, to gain a better understanding of the discipline; wish to unravel the multi-dimensional puzzle of the lives of your ancestors; or choose to record your known family history for the benefit your decedents, genealogy will become a rewarding journey.