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. Include anything you know.
I need to get back far enough to be dealing with dead people!... For most of us that means grandparents or great-grandparents. People born in the early 1900s or before.
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!
So do the best you can. But don’t worry if you don’t have much info – just give me what you have. Sometimes a little goes a long way, especially if I get lucky and other researchers have info online about your ancestors.
Sometimes I can go back many generations, and sometimes I can’t. Unusual last names are easier; common last names like “Martin” and “Johnson” are tougher. Once I trace a family line back out of the USA, the trail usually goes cold very quickly and I can’t find much else, unless other researchers have info online. (Exceptions are Canada and England, which have old census records online.)