Organization is the key to success in tracing your family. Although there are many variations, it eventually comes down to being able to manage relatively large amounts of information. The cardinal rule is to start with what you know and work back, proving and documenting each step as you go.


Sites with tips and guidance on how to start your research.

  • The Ontario Ancestors web site has an excellent section on “How to Start Your Family History”. It is a must read for beginners and strongly recommended for seasoned genealogists.
  • Some of the major resource centres like FamilySearch by LDS have similar introductory sections. See their Family History Research Wiki for assistance.