Discover your Heritage by Tracing your Family History
When a genealogist thinks about tracing their family history, it is more than
just dates and places. It is about finding every bit of family information that
can be added to your family tree about your ancestors and present relatives. Understanding
your ancestry involves migration, immigration, maps, land deeds, understanding history
and much more.
Knowing Early Migration Routes can Lead to Discovering Old Documents
To trace your family history, you need to understand about the area your ancestors
came from. Migration can be classified by several factors: ethnicity, gender, religion,
and work type. Studying your family's background will help give insight to what
migration trails you should research to
discover your ancestry. Census records can give
great insight to these questions.
If you don't know where your ancestors lived, look through census records across
decades to give you insight to where you ancestors were. What you find can help
you plot how they moved from one place to another.
Immigration Records Reveal Where our Families Originated From
Immigration records can help with discovering your genealogy. The records often
reveal who was traveling with your ancestor, where they came from, what their occupation
was, as well as their destination. You can trace your family history through immigration
ports to help find useful genealogy information. For east coast immigration, Ellis
Island opened in 1892. Before that, people were processed in Castle Garden. Other
U.S. Ports are Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. You might trace
your family history by way of Canada, Mexico, or South America.
Visualize Where your Ancestors Lived by Plotting Deed Information
Deeds can help you to understand where your family lived, and their economic stature.
It might even give insight to their profession as well as their neighbors. Many
families and friends traveled together from one state to another when they heard
about new opportunities to own land. Don’t forget to look for known family
friends. They might own land, and the survey might reveal information about your
relative. Learn more about family genealogy through deed and land research.
Documented Events can Help you Understand your Ancestry
When you are trying to trace your family history, you should understand what was
going on during that time period and area of the world. What was happening in a
particular place and time might give you some clues to trace your family history
Land Boundaries Changed Rapidly in The 1800's
Maps are an excellent source for re-creating your family history. Counties and
States evolved over time and were different many years ago, compared to today. Understanding
this information may help you uncover that document you have been looking for. If
you cannot find your ancestor in the area you thought they lived, try searching
the surrounding counties.
Read our article about colonial maps and trails it might help you
to discover some family roots.
Family History is Knowing your Ancestry
Documents, letters, journals, stories, newspapers, family books, medical records,
photos, etc. are all sources that may help you to trace your family history. Photos
show more than faces. They often reveal places, dates and missing family information.
Letters, post cards, and Emails are wonderful heirlooms. Scan and add them to your
AnotheAnother way to trace your ancestry is by interviewing your relatives. Asking
questions like, what is your favorite TV show, movie, color, time of year, best
vacation, best school year, favorite sport or hobby, where they grew up, how they
met their spouse, what they did for work, family stories, etc. Interviews can help
fill in missing
family history. It might even give you the opportunity to get copies
of some old photos or family documents.