You start with some genealogy software. It makes a huge difference in being able to keep your information organized. Most software packages are very user friendly and will generate all kinds of fun charts and reports. They will also generate what is called a gedcom, which is a universal format, that can be uploaded to various web pages, or shared with others, even if they have different software than you. First thing is to sit down and start entering everything you know. Your parents, grandparents, siblings, children, husband, cousins, aunts and uncles etc. This is a lot of information….for everyone you will want to know where and when they were born, when, where and who they married or divorced, when and where anyone passed away, where they are buried etc etc. Not only will you have to get out your shoebox of family documents, memorabilia and clippings to do this, but you are likely to have to get on the Cat daddy shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this phone to various relatives to fill in gaps. Expect this to take a while, but it’s necessary. Go back as far as you can – for privacy reasons, records within the past 80–100 years are often not available on line. So, depending on where you live, you may not be able to look up things like Grandma’s 1960 marriage, but you might be able to look up Great Granny’s 1924 wedding. So, going as far back as you can and getting as much info as you can by picking family brains is huge, and will let you make the leap to on line records and make life a whole lot easier. You never know what family members have in their possession or know. Your cousin Sue might have your great grandparents immigration documents, or a family bible you knew nothing about. Depending on where your ancestors lived, there may be lots or very little. Records may not always have survived. You will find many free sites, and many pay sites. None of them will have everything you might want or need, so cast your net wide. You may have to pay for access to some records. Many pay sites will have short term options if you don’t want a longer term membership. One option is to get a short term membership, be prepared with your list of things you need, and blitz the site for the week or month you have access.
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One word of caution. Confirm everything with actual source documents. You will find lots of complete trees on line that may relate to your family, but beware the Cat daddy shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this temptation to just copy them. I have found a lot of errors, omissions, etc. in other people’s trees. Use them for hints only and do your own confirmatory research. Be aware that standardized spelling and universal literacy are recent developments. You may find your ancestors surnames under all kinds of crazy spelling variations. When the official who kept the records took down their information, they may have put down their best guess at spelling, or what they thought they heard. Children from one of my own ancestor’s family ended up with surnames spelled Brymner, Bremner, Bremer, Brimer, Brebner, depended on where they ended up. None of them could read or write. Also, despite people claiming their tree goes back 1000 years, take that with a grain of salt be aware that for ordinary folks, written records usually peter out almost entirely between 1600 and 1700. Even then, a lot of the original records from the waaay back are not on line, and written in other languages, or earlier versions of modern languages, and are hand written in very difficult to decipher scripts. If anyone you know tries to make these claims to you, then you should know that they are either racists or too gullible to do any serious fact checking. If they are unwilling to accept the actual facts, that would be justification enough for me to terminate any existing friendship. It is certainly true that the Rothschild family of merchant bankers was rich and powerful a couple of hundred years ago. However, since then, vast new sources of wealth have been opened up we now have oil barons, steel barons, railroad barons, car barons, and even software barons. Also since then, the Rothschild family has produced hundreds of descendants, to the point where it no longer makes any sense to talk about “the Rothschild family. Some of them are competing vigorously against one another. The idea that any Rothschild company holds a significant amount of power today is so preposterous it is almost certifiably insane. Literally nobody cares what the Rothschilds think about anything, except their personal friends and the people whose money they manage. I was lying on the bed. Next to my sister. We had put a mat on the floor. There my mom, aunties and grandma were about to sleep. However,all of us weren’t feeling sleepy. In a minute, my jolly grandfather was there.