Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Mailbox: A Nice Ride in the Mountains

Several readers responded positively to Tim Cross’s “A Nice Rice in the Mountain.”

Dear Ancestry Insider

If the person knows nothing about their family, how do you make this "nice colored chart?" I honestly would like to know. Everyone I know, if/when they have interest in family history, comes to me and asks me for help. It's not horribly hard to break it down to something that they'd understand, but adding some colors to it may help. So, how do you do this?

Amanda Forson*

Dear Amanda,

That’s an excellent question. Starting another’s genealogy is no different than your own. Start with them and work backwards. If they know absolute zero about their family, then there really is nothing you can do. Otherwise, start with what they know.

There are plenty of getting started guides around:

The idea is to do enough ground work, perhaps a generation or two, to give them that “nice ride” experience.

--The Insider

What recommendations do the rest of you have for Amanda?


* Amanda Forson, e-mail to, “The Ancestry Insider: A Nice Ride in the Mountain,” dated 22 April 2011, 1:56 AM.

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