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Want to Know More about Your Ancestry?

You can attend a free workshop at the Winder Library and follow these five steps.

Attend a genealogy workshop or use these five steps for starting a search for your ancestors. Credit: MorgueFile
Attend a genealogy workshop or use these five steps for starting a search for your ancestors. Credit: MorgueFile
Want to learn more about your family history? The Winder Library is hosting a special genealogy workshop at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 13. 

Can't make the workshop? FamilySearch offers these five suggestions to begin searching for your ancestors.

  1. Write down what you already know about your family. Talk to relatives and family friends. Look for documents and artifacts in your home, such as letters and certificates, to learn the dates and places where your family lived and events that happened within their lives.
  2. Decide what information is missing and what you want to learn about your ancestors. For example, do you want to know the date of your grandfather’s death or the names of his parents?
  3. Find out what research has already been done. Check with living relatives to see if someone in the family has already done research on the family line. You can also check Internet family history sites and published books.
  4. Search vital records such as birth, marriage and death records to find information about the births, marriages and deaths of family members. Church and census records might also have additional information about your family.
  5. As you evaluate the information you found ask yourself, "Did you find what you were looking for? Was the information complete? Are there glaring inconsistencies? Are there clues that might help you find other useful information?"  
Additionally, Family Search says How Do I Start My Family History is a free, easy to use step-by-step guide on how to begin your search. 

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