Genealogy: Researching My Family History
Updated: Dec 27, 2022
With my foot being screwed up for the last few months, I have recently gotten more into researching my genealogy. This has been a very fun way for me to spend my time without hurting my foot more.
What is Genealogy?
Genealogy is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of their lineages. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives. The field of family history is broader than genealogy, and covers not just lineage but also family and community history and biography. The record of genealogical work may be presented as a "genealogy", a "family history", or a "family tree". In the narrow sense, a "genealogy" or a "family tree" traces the descendants of one person, whereas a "family history" traces the ancestors of one person, but the terms are often used interchangeably. Family history may include additional biographical information, family traditions, and the like. The pursuit of family history and origins tends to be shaped by several motives, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling. Genealogy research is also performed for scholarly or forensic purposes, or to trace legal next of kin to inherit under intestacy laws.
I personally use Ancestry.com for researching my family tree. Along with having a family tree on this website I have also submitted my DNA to have that as well. Along with my mom, dad, and my mom's parents submitting their DNA to add to my family tree. My family tree right now consists of about 400 people, and I have found family as far back as the 1700s. I am continuing to research my family tree and explore some of the places that I have discovered that I am from. I am not really adding too much more to this post because I keep my family tree private. However, below I have added a breakdown of my DNA.
If you ever get the chance at doing the Ancestry DNA I would recommend it for sure. Especially if you are interested in seeing where your family is from.
If you are interested in getting started on researching your family tree, reach out I will gladly help you get started.