You Won't Do This All At Once, but start working on this list.
Remember what you can
Take a few minutes to remember and write down what you already know about your relatives and ancestors.
Record information by family, then use it as a roadmap for the information you need to find.
Look for information in your own home
Look for information in:
- Attic, basement, storage areas
- Personal files, desk
- Closets, book shelves, drawers
Try to find:
- Letters, diaries, journals
- Certificates, legal documents
- Heirlooms, Family Bibles
- Obituaries, newspaper clippings
- Photographs (check the backs for information)
Interview your relatives
- Interview your oldest relatives first
- Contact relatives ahead of time and asked them to make copies of important documents
- Record your visits (paper, audio, or video)
- Don’t make your relatives self-conscience
- Identify people in photographs or listed in documents
- Ask questions that will encourage relatives to share facts and stories