Have you been thinking about researching your family history, but are unsure of where to begin? It can seem like a daunting task, but step-by-step it can be pretty easy, and FUN! What a wonderful legacy to leave for your children and their children, and so on down the line.
Now is the best time to start, before those who hold key pieces of information are gone. Grandma may well be the only one left who remembers where her father was born, so ask now while she's still around. Once she's gone, the information may not be found so easily.
To begin, get yourself a notebook, a small tape recorder perhaps, and get interviewing! You also should get a computer program to enter your data into; not totally necessary, but it sure makes things convenient and organized. You can download a FREE genealogy program on the web such as Legacy Family Tree.
Begin by recording your own information, spouse, children, grandchildren, etc. Be sure to include all information you can find- birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial dates, death causes, and places if available. It's also interesting to add bits of information such as "Grandpa Joe had a glass eye." or "Grandma Nellie was a dancer with the Rockettes in 1921". Then begin interviewing your parents, grandparents, anyone who knows anything about your family history, and write it down. Very important thing to remember: ALWAYS make a note of who told you what. At some point you will have a question and you won't remember who the source was. Also important, grandma may be wrong about something, so be flexible with the information.