How to Start Your Family Tree 

1 Start with what you know

  • Start your family tree
    using your parents, grandparents, and
    immediate family members.

2 Struggle with name variations?

  • Learn about Name Variations
    and why your family name didn't change
    at Ellis Island (learn the urban myth!).

3U.S. Military Records

5 Search the U.S. Census

4Newspaper archives

  • Newspaper archives
    are invaluable
    resources to find detail about your U.S. family history and
    tales from Great Britain.