Researching Your Family history | Every Family Has a Story
Who were your ancestors? Do you ever wonder about their life, how they looked, where they lived, how they lived, and what they did?
Family history research allows such questions to be answered. Through investigation and research, family historians collect records and information that reveal the story of all those before them, stretching back through generations.
Once upon a time, genealogy was the domain of the rich and wealthy, and was, more often than not, used to establish a family tie for the reasons of inheritance. Although no longer reserved for the affluent, genealogy focuses on names, dates and locations to produce a single direct family line backward.
Family history, on the other hand, is much more than just the cold gathering of basic facts. It brings genealogy to life! Family history takes genealogy to the next level by looking beyond the names, dates, and locations to place your ancestors’ lives in context and to unearth family stories, traditions, and myths. Family history examines the entire family unit in each generation. It finds the answers to when, where, and how they lived, as well as uncovering the family triumphs and tragedies.
When you know where to find these records and how to use them you will begin to bring the past – your past, to life. The growing number of people researching their family history around the world is a testament to just how rewarding family history can be.
Every family has a story. What’s yours?
* Video courtesy FamilySearch (RootsTech2014)