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Ancestry DNA Testing is a type of genetic genealogy that traces your ethnicity and geographic origins. Family Finder is a type of genetic genealogy that identifies relatives who are not part of your family tree.
Family Finder also known as Family Tree DNA is a genetic test that looks at your DNA to find out about recent family history. Family Finder can tell you where you come from on both sides of the family, and how closely related you are to other people in the world. It is designed to find relatives on any of your ancestral lines within the last five generations.

Starting Your Family Tree by Following the 22 Steps

“When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.” – Alex Haley – Author of ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’

This article is based on Chapter One of my book the “22 Steps in Researching My Family Tree”. The information is for new genealogists who plan on researching their own family tree.

A Guide to Land Records and Genealogy

Land records are a valuable resource for genealogists. They can be helpful in determining where a family lived, what occupations the family members had, and who their neighbors were. This can help you understand how our ancestors lived and provide valuable context for your family history research.
Land records are documents which track the ownership of land over time. They include information on boundaries, heirs, rents, taxes or other payments due on the land. These records can also provide clues about a person’s social status and occupation by noting if they owned the land themselves or had to pay rent to someone else.

Every Family has a Story to Tell

… family stories can be a great source of information for your research. You do not need to be an expert in conducting interviews, but taking notes and recording their stories can provide insight into their lives and backgrounds. Remembering this will allow you to learn more about the individual and their history.

Using Genealogy Research Sheets To Help You Track Your Family History

Using the Genealogy Research Sheet, researchers can create an organized and detailed checklist of all the information they have found. The sheet should include all possible sources for this information such as census records, vital records, oral history interviews, and any other items that were found during research.

Charts and Sheets Part 2 of 2

Family Group Sheets are primarily used to summarize vital information about families. This sheet is for recording family units displaying information about the parents and children. The sheets and records will also show birth, marriage and death information, additional spouses, names of husband’s and wife’s parents, information about the children and their spouse.

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