Step 4 – Research Your Family

Now that you’re organized, have your browser set up, and have a smile on your face, it’s time for Step 4 which is: start researching your family.

This is where the real fun, detective work begins.

  • Begin with yourself and your immediate family by recording information you already know. Look for important documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates that contain names, dates, places, and relationships.
  • Then ask your parents, grandparents, other relatives, and family friends for information. Gather as much information from living sources as possible.
  • Then begin to search the Internet for records that other people may have compiled about your family—such as published family histories, county histories, and genealogical databases.
  • Then begin your search for original records about your ancestors.

By using a simple Checklist, you’ll be able to keep track of the basic websites you’ve searched and what you’ve found for each of your families.  Just keep the Checklist in the family’s file folder with the information you’ve found. It couldn’t be easier!

Tip: Download the Checklists and print up several copies of each one, so you have them handy and can quickly grab the Checklist you need.

Also, as you find documents, remember to jot down where you found them.

For more information on researching your family history, you can visit these sites in our Help Center:

Well… now that you’ve found all kinds of new information on your family, it’s time to submit the names for temple work.  To do this, go to Step 5.

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Next Step 5.  Take Your Names To The Temple