How to learn history of the family

How to learn history of the family

To learn history of the family it is possible to address to any organization which is engaged in genealogy. And it is possible to be engaged in studying history some kind of, occupation fascinating, interesting, though taking a lot of time. To work more productively, conform to certain rules.


1. For studying history some kind of, you will need information on the relatives as who are well, and long ago the dead. Begin with that family whom well you know. Write down all information about the parents, further – about grandmothers and grandfathers, then ask that and others on other relatives. Further look for the information about earlier generations.

2. Start anew to look for information of the house — in family archive, letters, diaries, notebooks, cuttings from newspapers, in photo albums, on turns of photos. Pay attention to names, dates, the residence, family relations. Studying these materials will force you to look in a different way at parents, grandmothers and grandfathers, will open the world of their relations and feelings, progress and failures.

3. For receiving more detailed data lead a discussion with relatives. From their memoirs you will be able to learn many interesting facts from life of the ancestors, motives and time of moving, job change, the true relation to religion, to receive data on financial position, a physical state, appearance, habits, to get acquainted with family stories. Talking to relatives, in advance prepare the list of questions by means of which you will be able easily to direct a conversation, without losing conversation thread.

4. Use official documents, study the found houses and found in archives. You will find such information as time and the birthplace, a surname, names, middle names of parents in the birth certificate. The marriage certficate contains data on the place and time conclusionsof marriage, dates of birth of spouses, a premarital surname of mother. The certificate on divorce - date of divorce, the place of its registration, post-nuptial surnames of spouses. You learn time, the place and its reason from the death certificate. The passport besides personal information on the person (full name, date of birth, the residence) contains the information about his spouse, children (their names and dates of birth). There are one or several photos of the owner, there can be data on a blood type. The service record gives information education, about places of work and posts. Data on education, a profession, awards and ranks of ancestors certificates, certificates, certificates, the diploma, the diploma may contain, medal books. For men (and some women) the universal document is the military ID which contains all these data, including: indication of growth, weight, size of the head and footwear.

5. Systematize all collected data. Group material in subjects in folders, to authors, addressees, chronology. Record in the form of the table or try to make a family tree. Of course, in some lines or windows you will have blank spaces. Send partially completed tables to the relatives with a request to fill gaps with data known to them.

Author: «MirrorInfo» Dream Team