Tracing Your Ancestors
The first step to creating your family tree is to collect the information you already have by sorting through documents in the filing cabinet and talking to relatives. Once sources in the possession of you and your family have been exhausted you will notice missing details and missing people. Finding all the necessary details and people can mean detailed, time consuming research. What if you don’t have for that? Fear not, the researchers at Genealogists.com do.
Our researchers have the ability to assess census and vital records (birth, death, and marriage records) in the United States, Europe, and other corners of the globe to quickly build your family tree out for several generations. The ability of the research to be successful depends upon the nature of the records available and your own family history. Ancestors who stayed in one place are usually easier to trace than those who moved frequently. In the United States most people are most easily identified US census records after 1850 and those states which instituted the collection of vital records in the 19th century. Most European countries instituted civil records prior to the United States. Civil Records, like census records, are government records are collected irrespective of a family’s religious affiliation. In Europe, civil records combined with parish records (which often date back to the 1500s), can be used to positively identify family members. Of course, like in the United States, there are regions that are easier to research than others. Scandinavia has excellent records that are online and partially indexed. This is not the case with countries of Eastern Europe.
It is possible that within a few months our researchers can establish a carefully sourced, family tree with several generations complete with images of the relevant documents and translations for records not in English. From this basic tree, you can identify which lines to pursue – either because they turned out to be complicated or because they particularly interest you. Contact Genealogists.com today and see how we can help you build your family tree, quickly and correctly.