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?
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:
- “How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor,” wiki article, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 May 2011).
- “Getting Started with Family History,” FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 22 May 2011), click Learn, Get Started.
- “Get Started,” video, Ancestry.com (accessed 22 May 2011), click Learning Center, Get Started.
- “RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees,” RootsWeb (www.rootsweb.com : accessed 22 May 2011).
The idea is to do enough ground work, perhaps a generation or two, to give them that “nice ride” experience.
What recommendations do the rest of you have for Amanda?
* Amanda Forson, e-mail to AncestryInsider@gmail.com, “The Ancestry Insider: A Nice Ride in the Mountain,” dated 22 April 2011, 1:56 AM.