Where to start:
- Start With Your Immediate Family
Start first by writing down the details of your immediate family, i.e. youself, your partner, your parents, children and siblings. After that, write down the names and details of every living relative you can think of.
Interview your family members, or send them a questionnaire to gather the following information:
- Their full names including any nicknames they have or may have had in their past.
- Their birth date, marriage date and locations of each.
- Their parents' names and their grandparents' names. Also ask about any nicknames they may have had in the past.
- Their parents' jobs, careers or places of work.
- Their birth, marriage dates and locations of each.
- Where they grew up (get specific addresses if at all possible)
- Dates and places of where they lived.
- Where their parents came from and when they came to the place your family member grew up.
You might also want to ask them to tell you things things like:
- Their favorite memory growing up.
- Family folklore, or rumors that they have heard.
- Any interesting stories they have about your family.
- What it was like growing up in that time period.
- Anything they would like to say to future generations reading your family tree.
Remember they are the best source for information so get as much as you can. Be sure to follow all leads from everyone to make sure you get as much information as possible.