Genealogy Law and Legal Definition

Genealogy refers to the study of the history of past and present members of a particular family, which usually includes the preparation of a "family tree" or pedigree chart, showing the past and present members of the family joined together by a series of lines that help in ascertaining their relationship to each other, and the location, documentation and recording of a family history, including stories about the personal lives of individual members of the family, sometimes even including pictures of these individuals or family groups. Research is conducted and records are searched, including census records, military service files, estate records, old deeds, birth, marriage, and death certificates, and many other types of records.

Questions you can ask your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles:

  1. Ask them their full names including any nicknames they have or may have had in their past.
  2. Ask them for their birth date, marriage date and locations of each.
  3. Ask them for their parents' names and their grandparents' names. Also ask about any nicknames they may have had in the past.
  4. Ask them for their birth, marriage dates and locations of each.
  5. What was it like for you growing up in such and such time period?
  6. Where did you grow up?
  7. Did your family move often and if so where and what time periods?
  8. What is your fondest memory (of whomever you are wanting to know about)?
  9. What kind of house did you live in when you were a child?
  10. Did your parents or grandparents come to this state from another state?
  11. When did they come to this state?
  12. What was the city, county, and state?