searching for people

@savypat (20246)
United States
February 13, 2011 3:47pm CST
Here I am spending hours and hours searching for people who lived back in the 17 and 1800. This is what genealogist do. It's like a treasue hunt, I have a map, which is the information the people gave me and instructions of what the treasure is, now I have to set the course and find the way, on the way I find many interesting facts, these families were farmers, pioneers and military men, they developed a great deal of this country, and through it all iIhope they left some type of paper trail. Family journels, church records, even letters to each other. It takes time and the questioning of many people to put these histories together. Have you ever tried to tact your family back ground? What types of records are available in your country?
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
17 Feb 11
I've not had to go through the work of looking through our family history. The reason that I haven't done this is because of the fact that my father's oldest brother's retirement project has been doing the genology of our family and also writing a family history of his generation and also his nieces and nephews. The work that he has done on this for our family is really something that I'm proud to have a copy of.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
17 Feb 11
How lucky you are, but if you want to you can always do your Mom's family.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
14 Feb 11
No, I've never tried to since relatives are not from here. But I think my mom's family did since they were pretty 'well known'. I guess my great grandpa was a mayor or something.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
15 Feb 11
If you are at all interested now is a good time to start to trace people. Some of my people were Jews in Germany now no records remain of these people. So it's important to get information while it's still available.
@moneymommy (3419)
• United States
14 Feb 11
I would like to do this one day. I have done small searches online and never come up with much. I don't even know how to go about searching that far back.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
14 Feb 11
Census records are available in US, Heritage Quest through your local library may be available to you. These records give you people living with in each house hold. It helps if you can find the state where they lived.
@HarryS88 (33)
• Indonesia
14 Feb 11
I think it's very interesting to trace back your family back in the 17th century, but it needs a lot of patience and perseverance. Like me, I am of Chinese descent, but I live outside mainland China and of course, I can't speak a single Chinese at all. What should I do to trace my family tree? I am only able to trace back my family when my great grandfather took voyage and stranded in my country. I was just informed that my great grandfather left mainland China to earn a living in the beginning of 19th century. Just about it. No more information. Lucky you live in the US that allows everything to be recorded. Wish you luck you find your ancestors. Happy Valentine's Day.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
14 Feb 11
I'm sorry, but China is becoming more and more open, this is such a common hobby in the Us and we have many Chinese here, if genealogical research is not available yet I don't think it will be much longer. There is a lot of money to be made to those that open this service up. In the mean time make sure you write everything you can down, and date as much of it as you can. I know the Chinese take pride in their ancesters so the stories are there you just need to hunt for the treasures.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
14 Feb 11
That is so intersting. I wish I could find ancient people from my family. I want to know how they lived back in their days.
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@louievill (19952)
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
hi pat, I once read in a magazine a long time ago that if all men would trace their ancestry all of us would find a drop of Royal blood in all of us, makes sense because almost all countries in the world had some form of Monarchy one time or the other in their history. I also read that all of us has a common gene that came from a female who lived somewhere in Africa millions of years ago they call eve( probably in reference to the biblical eve)so they said that it is possible that all humans are related, wonder how true. I know my ancestry because their names and things they did were handed down from generation to generation, I asked my mother ( now 78 yrs.) to tell me what her father and grand father told her and decided to put it in writing, from there make the research or maybe make a personal website if I still have time. Some explains why some of my ancestors were Aglipayans and not Roman Catholic when they denounced their religion and fought on the side of the revolution against Mother Spain. Yes I found so much more information. Thanks for your very interesting topic
@savypat (20246)
• United States
15 Feb 11
I beleive the African mother of us all is called Lucie, Eve comes from the Jewish/Christian bible. Family histories always make history live for us, once we can relate tothe people of our past we can understand more about how we got where we are today.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
17 Feb 11
It is not something I have ever done although it would be interesting because I know nothing about my family tree. Recently my brother in law finished research his mother had been working on before she passed away two years ago. He finished it off and had the whole thing framed. It proudly sits on my father in law’s wall and makes fascinating reading. We were not aware how much work she had done researching this, it was a lot! I appreciate how much research you’re doing, good on you, best of luck with it...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Feb 11
Most of the research has been done by other people, but I have learned some fascinating stuff about the family.
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@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
14 Feb 11
Hi, savypat. I have an aunt that does geneology regularly. She mostly does it for different family members. I've read some of the histories that she tracks down. It is really interesting. I'm a history buff myself and I could spend hours reading her findings. It has all been simplified some since the advent of the computer but I know she still has to physically search court records, church history, family notes and such and library files for some of her work.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 Feb 11
i got a photo album from my mom from my grandfather's service during world war 1. he was in the dardenelles and on a specific ship (a British hospital ship) and the pictures are of him, his ship mates and the places he was in (Alexandria, Egypt and Constantanople (Istanbul) Turkey. It is so cool and i have been doing some research on it. i am in Canada however, so it is hard to get ahold of British records, but we pretty much have everything you have in the us. my library has a free service that you can go on ancestry.com through its computers.
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