1. Start with yourself: Write everything down about yourself,

  • Your full legal name (Note: Females uses their maiden name),
  • Birth date and place
  • Who you married
  • Their full legal name
  • Marriage date and place
  • Their parents names


2. Do The same thing for everyone in your family: from here you will work backwards one generation at a time. Parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. Write down everything that you know about each individual.
(Note: Don't worry if you have blank spaces, Everyone doing genealogical research does)


3. Write down what each family member knows about EVERYONE: Collect information on each ancestor from family members. Talk to your parents, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, etc. Find out what they know and don't know.


4. Finding the missing pieces.Of the blanks you have on your pedigree chart decide which one you would like to complete first.

5. Set a Goal. Such as finding an enslaved ancestor on your paternal or maternal line or it can be something as simple as finding a birth date for an ancestor. Note: The goal is your end result