3 Tips to Start Your Genealogy Research

So you are sitting around bored one day. A thought pops into your head. "I've always wanted to know more about my family history." Well, we are here to tell you how to do that! 

Recently, our intern Kurt Karas ran into this same dilemma. He really wanted to know more about his genealogy but wasn't sure how to do it. The first place he contacted was the local public library. What place would have more resources for this kind of situation than a library?

Next, Kurt asked the librarian working whether or not she had ever researched her family history. Although she had not done any genealogy research before, she knew exactly which direction to point Kurt in. Her name was Donna, and The Life Chest is very thankful she went out of her way to show Kurt the ins and outs of ancestry.com.

Here are 3 tips on how to look up your family history:

1. Gather information. Contact your own family members to find out exactly how far your family history goes through word of mouth. Write down any names, cities, or military branches they may be involved with.

2. Explore. Contact your local library and find out what resources they have regarding genealogy research.

3. Ask for help. When you get there, ask a librarian to help you navigate the tools they have.


Stay tuned for Kurt's experience in researching his family history!