Doing Your Own Genealogy

1. Reflect

Reflect on the information you know about your family lineage. What do you know? What’s missing? Explore these questions to develop a sense of direction with your work.

  • Why I am I interested?
  • What stories do I know? Whose stories do I know?
  • Who in my family might know more than me?
  • Who do I want to learn more about?
  • What do I want to learn more about?
    • e.g. people, place, relationships, stories

2. Connect

Think about people who can help you with your research, whether it be friends, family, or experts.

  • Family members also interested in exploring their family history
  • Friends who might make a good research partner
  • Specialists like instructors, librarians, archivists etc.

3. Explore

Start exploring! Here are some methods and resources to begin doing your own genealogy. More information about how to use these can be located under the resources tab.

  • Archival Research
  • Interviews and Outreach
  • Local Libraries