Researching family history came to the forefront of the public with Alex Haley’s book Roots and the subsequent mini-series based on the book, in the late 1970’s. Though still a popular hobby, it has come back into the public eye with the NBC series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
You do not need a great deal of money to begin your search. Time, patience, and older family members to interview are the main things that you will need to begin your search. Other items that you will need or could be invaluable are:
- Tape Recorder/Video Recorder: These are good to have when you interview your older relatives. You can play it back to confirm what you are writing down. If preserved carefully it will also be something to pass on to future generations.
- Genealogy Software
- Internet Access
Once you have the above mentioned items you are ready to begin. The short simple steps below will get you started.
Start with what you know about your family, your parents and grandparents.
Interview your older relatives to begin filling in the blanks.
STEP 3 AND BEYOND:
Go to the local public library and the Family History Center of the Latter Day Saints to continue your search. Check the internet
There are two places locally where you can begin your search. The Chattanooga Hamilton County Bicentennial Library in downtown Chattanooga and the Latter Day Saints Family History Center located in Ooltewah.
The main branch of the library has census rolls and newspaper archives on microfilm. They also have rows and rows of books with the histories of various families and all the counties in Tennessee. The collections of census records and books do not stop at Tennessee. The collections include Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas, Texas and many others. At the Family History Center, you will find a variety of records from across the United States and from the United Kingdom.
Be sure to check this site again soon. Upcoming articles will explore the different types of records that can be found at both these locations in more detail, the historical societies in the area, how to search for your family on the web, software, etc.
This link will open up a Family Tree Chart that you can print off and add your family information. This chart is courtesy ofhttp://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/