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Family History Research
Have you ever wishes you had a secert spy glass or a magic ball to look into your past? Who were your ancestors and what is your family past? You have watched the t.v. shows and it looks so easy, or maybe not.
In today's online world, there are a great number of places to look for information and it can be overwhelming.
That is where I might be able to help you.
I have been researching my family tree and the family trees of a number of friends for the past 30 years. I have found answers to questions where others have given up. It is about persistence and thinking outside the box.
How do you start?
Document what you know, what you think you know and most of all what your family knows. Sometimes the best approach is to ask your elder family members to tell you stories about their growing up years. I have found some of the best information comes from the conversational interview. People will often remember things that will allow you to ask more questions.
Record this Information
Smart phones, digital recorders, or a video camera can capture the entire conversation so when you can focus on the conversation instead of taking notes.
"I found a tree online and it must be right!" It might be right but once you have the story, convert it to a family tree and find the documentation to support the stories. Sometimes our memory and the facts just don't line up well. Document the source of your information even when the source is "Aunt Clara".
When do you need help?
If you don't have the time or research just isn't your within your favorite things to do, it might be time to hire someone who can help. Maybe you have taken the DNA tests but don't know what to do with the results. There are a number of researchers "for hire". Find someone who fits your needs and has experience in your type of problem solving.