Start with the basics. Start with your own family. It is from older family members that you can obtain relevant information about your roots. They can give you a lead on where your next move starts.
Every encounter with your relatives should be documented. Journal; tape recorders; cameras or video cams are handy. All relevant information should be entered in your family tree chart or can be filled out in a genealogical form. These days, there is no need for you to sketch your own family tree since there are several family tree charts and forms available in the market.
On your family tree journey, there are a lot of surnames that will come up. With this regard, it is best to choose what surname to research first. By being surname-focused, you are most likely to finish your task faster and easier. After you have exhausted all information with a surname and you think that the lineage is as complete as possible, then you can move on to another surname.
Interviewing family members may sometimes be insufficient. However, there are other sources where you can track your relatives such as the Internet, Family History Society/Center in your locality; documents (which includes birth, marriage and death certificates), and places such as a church, cemetery or even a court house.
Establishing a family tree is an important undertaking for you to be able to get to know your roots and identify your own identity.
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