Genealogy - The gathering process among family members

3/06/2016 07:54:00 PM

In a previous post I gave you a basic overview of what genealogy is (the study of a family and how members are related to each other) and where to start (with what you and other family members know). In my last post I went over ways to record the information you find. In this post we're going to go into more depth about the information gathering process, as it pertains to your relations.

You'll find that after questioning your relatives, you'll have gaps in your information; people, dates, or places that are missing, and that is where the real fun begins! Family documents, bibles, photographs, and more can provide vital clues to help you fill in the big picture and it's possible there are some of those hiding right under your nose. Just because your grandma doesn't know about them, doesn't mean they aren't hiding in her attic. You would be amazed at what people inherit and store away without ever looking at. You would also be amazed at what people forget they have!

© Summer Owens 

Ask your parents, grandparents and other relatives if they think they might have any documents or photographs pertaining to your family history. Even if they don't think they do, don't be shy about asking if you might look around their home just to be sure. I've found many documents providing proof of information and other priceless glimpses into my family's past that might have been forever buried had I not asked if I could just double check.

When you're looking around, don't discount anything. A bin labelled "clothing" might have your great grandma's diary buried at the bottom of it. A dusty old shoe box might contain a treasure trove of photos. Boring looking manila envelopes inside a filing cabinet might contain newspaper clippings filled with family names and dates. These pieces of family history might provide just the information you need to fill in some of those gaps. And they'll help you connect with your ancestors in a more meaningful way.