Family History for Beginners

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Deciding Where to Start

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Wondering where to start with a challenging name or date in your family history research? One of the following articles can help you decide where to look first for a puzzling:

Research Tools

Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This page will provide links to articles about general research topics.

Principles of Family History Research

  1. Identify What You Know
  2. Decide What You Want to Learn
  3. Select Records to Search
  4. Obtain and Search the Records
  5. Use the Information

Research Analysis

There are several articles in FamilySearch Wiki that explain how to correlate, corroborate, interpret, and evaluate research, records, and information to determine their relevance, authenticity, reliability, and accuracy, and how to deal with contradictory evidence: 

In addition to the articles listed above, the following articles may provide additional ideas for participating in family history activities:

Did you know?

Organizing and documenting the research that you do is a key concept for both beginners and seasoned family history researchers. The following articles will help you understand this important process: