ancestors and tracing origins has become hugely popular and many seek to
discover more. There are many online websites entirely dedicated to helping
people find ancestors, providing them access to large databases of surnames and
important genealogy records.
Some websites do all the investigation necessary
to come up your ancestry. All you need to provide them with is all the
information you know about your family and they will see what they can come up
with from their database.
which refers to your ethnic origin and descent. Genealogy on the other hand, is
the study of ancestry. Genealogists are in fact people who study families and
try to locate descendents. Nowadays, the interest is much more widespread than
in the past. Before, it was only royalty and aristocrats who sought the
services of genealogists but things have changed today.
ancestry research without the help of a genealogist or any website. But you
will need time and patience and a starting point. First gather as much
information as you can from your relatives, close and distant. See what names,
surnames, stories and photos they can provide you with. Put pen to paper and
start visualizing your family tree. You will likely have a lot of gaps and you
will not be able to go back more than one hundred to one hundred and fifty
years at most. Genealogists also normally divide your maternal ancestors from
your paternal ancestors in such a way that each line can be seen separately.
aspect of genealogy research, you can delve into the more intensive and
meticulous aspect of your endeavor which includes:
Searching the census
Index of birth, marriage and death records
(mainly in the public registry)
Parish baptisms, burials and marriages – here
you will find the oldest records, often dating back hundreds of years. You of
course need to bear in mind that there will errors as many documents were hand
written, surnames often spelled incorrectly, names omitted etc..
Travel and migration records
Military records could also help
into your ancestry, you can undertake the search of what genealogists call
“collateral relatives”, these include cousins, uncle and aunts who are
technically not considered to be part of a direct lineage.
entirely African- American? Think again. DNA ancestry testing is
today available – this type of test can take you back to your ancient
geogenetic roots linking your ancestral genes to specific geographical
locations. You might discover that you have as much European ancestry as you
have African ancestry. If you are an adopted child, an ancestry DNA test could
help you find out more about your biological ancestry. Ancestry DNA testing can
tell you about both your paternal lineage and your maternal lineage. Results
are often plotted on a world map so that you can visualize exactly the regions
from which your ancestors originated. To be noted that the regions indicated
will not be associated with specific countries as the concept of countries is
far more recent than is DNA. Thus, you will not be able to find out from your
DNA whether you have French Russian or Algerian blood.