You dont say where you are located or where your grandparents lived? When I started my family tree I started with the local resources. Churches, newspapers, school records, cemeteries, libraries, local history books, tax and land records at the courthouse. Let me know where you are located and I will see if I know of someone in the area who does family trees to see if they can help. Email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbara
I started in the library because it is free to research there. Your local library will tell you how to start. It is through Ancestry.com, library edition. You get information about your family from the censuses.
First, start with your own information, then go to your parents and get their information. Keep working your way back to your grandparents. It is also good to know where the vital records are kept in your county. Should you get "stuck" on one individual, go check birth, death and marriage records. Also search for land deeds to gather all the information you need.
I like to use familysearch.org and heritagequest, which you can use at your local library. There you will also find a "genealogy" section and may find a family file or books on your family surname.
Also, interview other family members, like an aunt/uncle or great aunts/uncles. Ask for old family bibles if any are available. Once you get this information, your search will be somewhat easier. Hope this helps.
I've put in the name of a brother then added his first wife and their two children. They divorced. When I put his new wife and child in, I can no longer see the previous children attached to this brother. When I go to the tree for his name, it shows the previous wife (divorced) but no children as well as the new wife and child. Is there any way to get the children always showing even if it is following a divorce?
I would like to find my grandfather, or find out about my grandfather, but I only have his first and last name and that he lived in Califorina for a few years if not alwyas. Any ideas on where to start would be very helpful. I've tried googling him and I have no way of getting any more information. Thanks
The answer you received is correct. Some other suggestions would be to seach Social Security death records in California or even some of the other states. You dont say about when he lived or died or even if you knew how old he was. If you hit a dead end email me at email@example.com and I will see if I can help you. Barbara
First, ask other members of your family about your Grandfather. Your parents or their siblings might be able to add to what you have. If that isn't helpful, try searching the US Federal Census. There is always a wealth of information there to be found.
Try sites such as www.familysearch.org ; www.gencircles.com or the many other sites out there and see if anyone else is researching your grandfather. Also, try your local library and check if they have a genealogy room. If not, you can use the library to access free research tools, like Heritage Quest Online.
If all else fails, contact me and I will help you locate the information. Hope this helps.