The subject of today’s article, home source genealogy records is one of those genealogy basics that is easy for family researchers to overlook. You may have important family history information helpful to your genealogy hidden in your home and not even realize it.
Conducting a thorough investigation of available home
sources should be one of the first things every beginning genealogist undertakes. Lurking in what might seem like everyday
paperwork may be important clues to family member activities. Especially overlooked are those sources not traditionally
considered as “genealogy records”.
My intent is to help you think a little deeper about what may be lurking undiscovered in your basement, attic, storage unit, filing cabinet or desk drawers. This is one of those rare times where having pack rat tendencies can actually payoff.
For extra motivation, you can use this search for information as an opportunity to get more organized. Looking through your stuff gives you an opportunity clear out clutter and better utilize what you own.
Use this checklist below as a guide to sources of information you might find in your home or the home of a relative. Now get busy and see how many new useful bits of information you can discover and plug right away into your family history.
The lesson here is that investing a small amount of time to take inventory of
what you have in your house can pay big dividends in better
genealogy and a cleaner house. Happy
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