Number one. Make sure you have LOTS of time, because once you start, you may never stop! Genealogy is very addictive, especially if you like a good mystery. You’ll make many new friends and find new relatives on your journey. You’ll find that we genealogists, whether professional or just your average family historian, are a friendly group of people and we enjoy helping each other, so welcome and enjoy your journey.
Your first step is start a pedigree chart. You want to start with yourself and work back to your parents and their parents and so on. You can see an example of a blank pedigree chart here. You can see examples of pedigree charts submitted by our members by going to the ‘Society News’ section of the website under ‘Member Pedigrees’. Click any of the submitter names to see their pedigree chart.
Gather any information you already have, including birth, death and marriage records, wills, military records, naturalization records, etc. Fill in as much information as you can. From this chart you will see where you have gaps in your information and where you might want to begin your research. Here are some links on how to start your family research.