Create your family tree quickly and easily!

You have always wanted to know how to make a family tree right?

Maybe you have dozens of family stories, rumours about royalty, long lost treasures, or carribean plantations, but don't know how to check, and then how to start making this into a family tree.

Maybe you don't know anything about your family history and want to know more?

You know a bit about the internet and computers, but are not sure where to start?

With the internet, research is now so much easier than it was five years ago! No trudging through churches or graveyards, most research for places such as the US, UK, Australia, and Canada can be done online to some degree or other.

Clarity starts at home

The first place you can start with your family tree is right at home, you can discover lots about your family really quickly.

Spend a little time talking to whatever relatives you have, you are looking for any clues about your family that you can use later.

Gossip, stories and facts!

When you begin speaking to your family record everything they tell you. No matter how insignificant the comments might seem, like any good detective you never know when the information will become vital.

The best thing to do is use a tape recorder or mp3 recorder (many players have it as a built in function), this will save time, and ensures you can copy everything at your convenience.
You want to record:

1. Dates - Any dates are good, no matter what the event. Weddings, christenings, engagements, births and deaths, accept they may be wrong, but they are a good starting point.

2. Locations - Where did your family come from, where did people get married, hospitals they were born in, where did they live. Some of these may be pretty vague, but they may be useful later.

3. Names - You want any names, middle names, nicknames, were they named after someone special (aunities, uncles, grandparents), often names are passed down generations. Did people have family names, such as Ninny, that aren't there real name.

4. Occupations - What jobs did people do, where did they work, did they fight in the war, where did they serve?

5. Stories - Are there any interesting stories? Was there gossip about certain family members, did they have children out of wedlock? Stories are a way of passing down vital information in their original format.

6. Documents - Any, and I mean any documents you can find need to be treated almost religiously. The documents can be anything, soldiers pension; birth, marriage and death certificates; record of service books; christening invites; medical cards; you will be surprised at what wealth of information can be gathered from many seemingly minor documents.

Remember you are a detective, any clues you gather now, will save you time and money later! If you want to know how to make a family tree successfully then the key is tenacity, having fun and good research.

What next?

Now you have gathered all the information you need on your family why not start your research today?Everything you need to know about how to start your internet research can be found here.You have made the first step, so take your next step right away!

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What software/websites to use?

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