Discovering your family's story
Here is what I need: names, dates, locations! Print the pedigree chart linked to the bottom of this page. For each person, tell me as much as you know:
So, start with your parents, then each of their parents. And so on – names and whatever other details you know. Even small details can be very helpful.
I need to get back far enough to be dealing with dead people! For most of us that means grandparents or great-grandparents. I need to get back to people born in the early 1900s.
If the spelling of the last name(s) changed along the way, or if several different spellings were used, let me know. Sometimes just changing the spelling of a last name makes all the difference when I do a search.
Sometimes I can go back many generations, and sometimes I can’t. Unusual last names are easier; common last names like “Miller” and “Johnson” are tougher. Once I trace a family line out of the USA, the trail usually goes cold very quickly, unless other researchers have info online. (Exceptions are Canada and England, which have old census records online.)
Printable pedigree chart to fill in