Genealogy is something that many people would love to learn more about in their lifetimes, which is much easier these days with the advancements in modern technology.
There have been many ways in the past for genealogists to help people learn more about their ancestors and full-on family history, but in today’s world we can do this ourselves with the click of a few buttons on websites like Ancestory.com, for a price of course.
But wouldn’t that cost be worth it? I don’t know many people that aren’t interested in learning more about where they come from and who their ancestors were. This has been found to help people learn more about themselves, and is a great key to knowing why you are where you are today.
Genealogy can teach us things about ourselves that otherwise we may have never known, unless you have a family that has kept up with decades of documentations, that could even be in the form of a “family bible,” which is pretty cool, don’t you think?
Turns out, there are many types of documents that genealogists turn to in order to get a better idea of a person’s family history such as:
- Marriage Certificates
- Death Certificates
- Oral Histories
- Medical Records
- Poorhouse, Workhouse, and Asylum Records
- Hereditary & Lineage Organization Records
- Diaries, Personal Letters, & Family Bibles
- School & Alumni Association Letters
- City Directories
- Court & Civil Records
- Etc, etc, etc
Now you may have a better idea of why it can take so long to put all of this information together, and may be worth the cost of a membership site such as Ancestory.com or one of the many other ones they have come up with lately. I’ve sure seen why.
If you are looking to dive deeper into your family history yourself, I suggest taking a look at one or even a couple of these resources.