How do you start a family tree?
Find how to get started in creating your own family tree, following your family back through time.
1. Begin with yourself
The first step is to write down your date and place of birth. Then do the same for your parents and grandparents if you have this information. Include marriage and death dates where applicable; these are the core dates which will enable you to work back generation by generation, growing your family tree as you find more ancestors.
2. Ask your relations
Search your home for family history treasures such as old photographs, scrapbooks and birth, marriage & death certificates. Ask your relatives whether they have family pictures and documents which could help with your quest too.
3. Draw up your family tree
Now that you've collected some information it's time to fill in a basic family tree. You could start with our free downloadable chart.
Just starting out on your family tree and not sure where to begin? Read our growing collection of online guides, hints and tips, to help you take those first steps on your family history journey.
Don't miss the digital guide How To Start Your Family Tree – available to download now.
How To Start Your Family Tree is an interactive beginners guide giving you everything you need to get started with tracing your family history and discovering your ancestors. This collected edition of beginner features, previously published in Family Tree, is packed full of expert tips, how-to advice and lots of ideas for starting your family tree from scratch and writing up your family history.
Tracing your family history is a hobby which will give you many years of enjoyment, and with our expert tips, it’s easy to get started today.
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