Ask them about where their parents, or grandparents are buried. Ask if any of your relatives have previously done any genealogy research. Find out who are your oldest living relatives, visit them and record your conversation with them. Send for copies of birth certificates on individuals. Send for copies of marriage certificates. These show ages, parents, witnesses and other important information. Send for copies of death certificates. These show death dates, birth dates, parents and cause of death. Go to your local newspaper and get copies of birth, marrage, and obituary notices. Obituary notices are a wealth of knowledge. Look for church records on your family. Baptismal, Marriage, Membership, etc. Go to the local cemeteries that you know and record all info on the tombstones.
Look for other people with the same surname, they could be related. Look for Census records. Begin with the 1930 Census and work backwards. Census records have been taken since 1790 in the US. Some libraries and historical societies have census records on microfilm at their branches. The U.S. Government Federal records center has all census records from 1790 – 1930. Visit your local family history center. These records are probably the best available. Go to your local library or historical society. They should be able to point you in the right direction to research areas that you have found from your interviews and census records. Go to the Court House and look for deeds, wills, voters records etc.
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