Getting started

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Talk to your relatives

The best place to start your family history is by talking to your oldest living relative. They can help you identify the names of your ancestors, key dates in their lives and provide details that will help you build your tree. Our guide will help you interview your relatives and discover your family story.

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Using the information you have found from relatives, you can start building your family tree. Start with yourself, then add what you know about your relatives. We’ll start searching for your ancestors, and give you hints on your tree when we think we’ve found them.

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Get 14 days free access to the world’s largest online family history resource — just choose the membership that’s right for you. You can then search our historical records for your ancestors. Simply type in an ancestor’s name and see what you can discover in our millions of family history records.

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