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Whose Descendant Are You?
By Mary Lynn Bushong
1 Do you ever wonder from whom you are descended? Have you tried to find out? Most times we already know who our parents and grandparents are. How about going further back? By following some basic guidelines, you can learn more about your family. Perhaps you will even find similarities between them and you.
2 When you are ready to get started on your search, begin by choosing the name of an ancestor. Searching back through one person's part of the family is the easiest way to begin. For instance, you might want to choose one of your living grandparents.
3 Begin by asking them about their immediate family. Find out the names of parents and any brothers and sisters. What did they do for fun? Where were they born? Try to find out the exact date and place. It will help you when you search. Many times you can even get some family history and stories, too. You might find out that your great-great-great-grandfather fought in the Civil War. You might also find out that your great-great-great-great-great-grandmother was related to George Washington.
4 Once you have a name and some dates, you can start looking for information. If your family lives in the same town as the ancestor you are researching, you can go and check the county records. Sometimes towns have records online, and you can look up information that way, too. County offices have official records like birth, death, and marriage certificates that are very useful. Sometimes you can also get copies of wills, land deeds, and even court information from any legal proceedings.
5 If you know where and when someone lived in an area, you can check census records. A census is taken every ten years in many countries. If your family emigrated from Great Britain, you can access many of those records online.
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