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Discover Your Genealogy: Looking Up Your Own Family Tree
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In the old days, family trees were kept religiously in the family Bible or other documents. During the days of the nuclear family, there were two or more generations of people living in the same house so that the old stories and other information was readily available.

People are far more scattered these days and the documents that were once kept so faithfully may not be as clearly or completely filled out any longer. Parts of the family, whole branches in fact, may die out and be forgotten. There are some people who may never meet certain parts of their family or never even know of their existence. There are ways to discover your genealogy, however, and it may be easier, cheaper and most of all, more fun than you would have imagined before.

Welcome to the wonderful world of technology! Thanks to the Internet, there are more ways to discover your genealogy and it can be more than just a task, it can become a fun hobby for the entire family and can be a great way to connect with like minded individuals as well.

There are many sites on the Internet that can allow you to discover your genealogy, including the best known of these, Ancestry.com. How popular is this site? There has even been a television show about the process and the potential of what you can find. This show, a partnership between actress Lisa Kudrow (most famous for her role in the show “Friends”) and Ancestry.com reveals what is discovered in the past of celebrities.

No matter what site you choose to use to discover your genealogy, you will find the process easier than you would have imagined. When you do the same thing off line, you have to slog through books and dusty documents and you have to have some idea of where you are searching and what you are looking for.

You may even need to have a professional to help you with this search to discover your genealogy the old fashioned way. With the online sites, you enter your information as directed and the other information that you might already know and then magic happens. You get basic information for your family tree for free but get more detailed records when you pay to become a member. The amount of the fee varies by the service, the amount of information that you would like to have and other factors but is typically reasonable and billed yearly.

An additional bonus that can be seen when you discover your genealogy is the online community that can put you in touch with people who are doing the same process and can share tips, stories and their amazing finds. You may also find yourself connecting with family members you never knew you had before you got started. There are often forums and message boards on these sites which will allow you to post questions or comments and taking part in these threads can get you feeling like a professional in no time.


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