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Sunday, 9 March 2008


Genealogy, (which is the proper name for researching your ancestors, but we will be just be calling it 'family history' for most of the time)can be summed up in 3 steps:

1) Record what you know
2) Research what you want to know
3) Publish what you know

The most important thing to do when you begin to research your family history is to find out as much as you can from your existing relatives, particularly grandparents. Make copies of as many birth, marriage and death certificates as you can. There are forms available on the web that you can print off to make records of all the information you can find this way. It is better to start with a paper system as you can distribute copies around the family for them to fill in for you. Later you can download free family history programs to enable you to record your research on your PC.


Robin said...

Thank you for all the wonderful information you posted to help us get started. something I have not seen in any of the Genealogy Bloggs is Greek Genealogy. Does anyone know who, what or where to locate ancestor's from Greece?

CharmaineZoe said...

Best places for links for Greek Genealogy are here -

also you could try Family Search as they have Greece listed. Don'y know what sort of records they have, but worth a try, just choose Greece in the Country option & enter your ancestors surname.

Brad said...

Your blog looks like it will be an interesting and valuable resource for me.

I have a ton of family history information that an aunt gathered before she died.

The job of further cataloging and publishing it has now {thankfully) fallen to me and I'm loving it!

Thanks much!

Joe said...

Two links in your right sidebar have changed...

PASSENGER LISTS: 100's of links to online passenger lists

is now at:


GERMAN Genealogy Links

is now at:

Thank you!