How do I start?

Let’s start with baby steps and identify one person or relationship you would like to know more about.

Write down what you know about this person and/or their parents, siblings, and offspring. Add dates (birth, marriage, death) and possible residence locations if you know them, even if you are not sure. Stories passed down to you may contain nuggets of valuable information, even if you don’t believe some of the details.

If you want to organize your information, use a family group sheet to record your data, such as the one from the National Archives and Records Administration.

When you’re ready drop me a line at and we’ll go from there!