Answered By: Andrew Tadman
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2015     Views: 27

Family history or genealogy starts with you and moves backward in time. In order to identify your ancestors, interview family members about their lives. Try to get full names, dates and places where key events happen.

The purpose of this is twofold: first, to learn about your family, and second, to identify the person who is likely to be found as a child or adult on the 1930 census. Once that person is known, set a goal for yourself, learn about genealogy strategies with any basic genealogy book, seek help from your librarian, and begin your search through the records.

Recommended online tutorials can be found at Family Search and Rootsweb. Recommended books include Emily Croom's Unpuzzling Your Past; you can find copies of it in our online catalog. The library has free access to Ancestry Library Edition from inside any EBR library.

You can also contact our Genealogy Department at 231-3751. They do offer regular genealogy classes, see the Genealogy Guide for listings.

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