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Genealogy 101: Where to Start Digging

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Next you'll want to start to dig. Round up anything you might have that would give you more clues to complete your tree. For example, an address book might have a grandparent's birthdate listed...come to think of it, I'm sure my grandmother's is in one of mine.

Next, contact immediate family members who might have more information. I know my parents know when and where their parents were born. They also probably know when and where they died.

You can then contact other family members to get more information and possibly even go on a field trip. I know where my grandfather was's not too far from me...I can go there and see his birth and death dates on his tombstone. Maybe I'll find another clue, like his parents' names...

See how this can be real detective work? Move over Nancy Drew, there's a new sleuth on the case! What's exciting is this truly is a treasure hunt.

So if you haven't done so already, consider excavating your ancestry. Starting it is really quite easy; Continuing it will no doubt be intriguing.

For more guidance check out our Genealogical and Family Tree Resources. From Genealogy Sites and Research Services to Reference Books, Software, and Fill-in-the-Blank Templates, whether you're a beginner or just looking to save time and effort, these should surely help.

Also, independent study courses are offered online at a modest price at Suite University, allowing you the flexibility to work at your own pace. Genealogy for Beginners walks the beginner through basic genealogy and deals specifically with making family trees. Whereas Genealogy: Researching Immigrant Ancestors is more suitable for those who are ready to try to do in-depth research.

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