Tracing your family tree is the process of researching and documenting the lineage of your ancestors. This can be done by gathering information from various sources such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, census records, and other historical documents.
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.
“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.