Genealogy FAQs

The questions that one has about genealogy can continue forever. Just as you have to dig deeper with your research in order to find the ancestors that you are trying to reach you also need to dig deeper to be able to find various ways in which you can pursue this hobby. From being able to interview your relatives effectively to be able to look at the right kind of database for the specific information that you are searching for to recording it down and putting it in a manner that can be displayed, everything about genealogy is about detail and preciseness.

One needs to set an agenda and continue this process to be able to cover various generations and to get all the details of them too. Adding on to your genealogy chart can be extremely satisfying and rewarding too. Here are some questions that you may have as you go along your journey.

What are heirloom hints and how can you use them in genealogy?

While getting records from various sources is one way of getting the information that you want, there are also various ways in which you can get hints about your genealogy. Heirlooms are definitely one way in which you can get hints about your ancestors. Overlooking antiques that are present in the house and items that seem to have been passed down generations are clues towards your ancestors an...


How can you frame effective interview questions when taking down oral information for genealogy?

While there are many people who would rather listen to a continuous detail about the story of the little girl who was their grandmother, getting effective details from your mother or grandmother may involve some amount of work prior to the interview. It is a good idea to create a list of questions that you want to ask. Go through some of the photographs, old letters and newspaper clippings befor...


How can you evaluate written and oral evidence in genealogy?

The first thing that you need to know is that there are sources that are primary and then there are sources that are secondary. Primary sources are those that are created soon after the event has occurred and secondary sources are those that are second hand and are based on evidence that is gathered after the event has taken place. By definition primary sources are more reliable than secondary s...


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