How to find your family

05.07.2023 0 комментариев


How to find your family

The history of the family is dealt with by a science called genealogy (from the ancient Greek «genea» — «family, genus«and» logos — «word, knowledge»). Family history played an important role in previous centuries, but then this issue was mainly of interest to representatives of the nobility. The nobles knew the names of their ancestors many generations ago. But in the 20th century, due to numerous world revolutions and the establishment of equality in many countries of the world, the issue of origin lost its significance. However, in recent decades, genealogy has again become of interest to people, because many do not even know the names of their grandparents. So how do you find out the details from your own family history?
Genealogical tree of the 16th century


First of all, ask all your near and far genusstvennikov. Get yourself a special notebook in which you can write down all the names, dates, addresses, family histories and legends. This information, collected bit by bit, can be very useful in the future.
Do research in the family archives. Look for anything that can give you some useful information. Flip through old photo albums and be sure to look at the back of photos — names and dates may be written there. Look for old letters, pay attention to addresses on envelopes, look through property documents, medical records, certificates, diaries and other written sources.
After the initial collection of information, you can start compiling your own family tree. With the help of modern programs (for example, the Tree of Life or Family Tree Builder), you systematize all the data received, which can be constantly replenished in the future.
Now you can expand the scope of your searches with the help of search engines on the Internet. Specify names, surnames, dates, addresses and other specific information in the search bar. Don’t despair if you don’t get any data the first time — try a variety of combinations and especially pay attention to rare names and surnames if they are on your list. You can also register on a special genealogy site (the largest at the moment is My Heritage), where thousands of people have already posted their data. Perhaps among them are your distant genusrelatives (the site automatically searches for matches in the genealogical tree of different users and constantly notifies if any are found).
After carrying out these preparatory stages, you can take up the issue more seriously and turn to the archives. There are two options here. First option: you send a request to the archivegenusand where records of your ancestors could be preserved. But then be prepared for the fact that you will have to pay for compiling a genealogical certificate, and you can wait several months or even years for the result (archive staff can be overloaded with similar requests that they perform in addition to their other work). The second option: you can go to the archive yourself. But then you will need a lot of time and effort. Reading old records (for example, metric books) written in illegible handwriting is not such an easy task.


Be careful, there are many fraudulent sites on the Internet that offer you to find your relatives in five minutes, and even promise to find some celebrities among your ancestors. They usually ask you to send a paid sms, take quite large amounts from your phone bills, but, in the end, do not give any real information.

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