How To

Getting Started


Start Now!So you’re looking to get started with your own genealogy research? But where do you begin? With these simple steps!

  1. Gather what information you do have. Interview family members and see what you can dig up. Genealogy is not just names and dates. Stories are a gold mine of info that are irreplaceable!
  2. Print out this pedigree chart and fill in what you already know! 
  3. If you are technologically inclined, create a family tree on one of the major genealogy websites. Family Search is a great free option! is a paid site but the variety of information that they have on their site is fantastic and worth trying with the free 7 day trial that they offer. You will easily start filling in the gaps in your family tree.
  4. Once you get the basics entered in on your website of choice you should start seeing some ancestor “hints” pop up. These hints will help you to fill in  your family tree. These will show up if the information you entered matches any records they have in their database. From there you have the option to look over each record match and add them to your online tree, save the record to your computer, or to print the record for your records.
  5. If you’re feeling the urge to unplug from technology for a while and roll your sleeves up and do some real work, fear not! There is much to be done outside the computer realm. Visiting the grave sites of your ancestors, heading to the court house to dig up birth, marriage, and death certificates as well as land and probate information! Many of these are not yet indexed online and if they are their is usually a fee involved.
  6. By now you should have a ton of new info! Finding a great organizational system is a must! I wrote about my personal favorite in my post- My Favorite Organizational System For Paper Files!
  7. Digitally speaking this can get cluttered as well. That is why I came up with my own that fit my needs! Hopefully it will fit yours as well.

Getting started with genealogy is simple and fun! Don’t let it overwhelm you. Just a single step will begin a wonderful journey!

I hope you liked this post! Just drop a comment below or shoot me an email and let me know what you think!

2 thoughts on “Getting Started”

  1. An excellent guide Brittany to help people to get started into their own world of genealogy. My believe is to start with yourself and put down what you know. And then ask your relatives for help as you say. Then you can go searching for records.

    I have followed my own ten step guide that can be found on my The Genealogy Guide site. It has helped me immensely to research my family tree. I have gone back to the mid 1700s on a number of branches. I have been doing this for 7 years now and there is so much more information to get.

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