Our ancestors were people that made many sacrifices so we could be here today. By acknowledging their triumphs and defeats, we bring a family history together. A genealogist becomes a student of history, geography, economics and sociology. The paper trail with which your ancestors have left behind is what every genealogist looks for to piece together a family history. The following list describes the most common documents to search for:
|Photographs||School Houses||Newspapers||Local Histories|
|Family Bibles||Immigration||Passenger Lists||Home Children|
When a genealogical problem needs to be answered, the researcher must analyze the information provided and develop a research plan. The internet is an excellent and easy method to find documents but unfortunately, only a mere fraction of genealogical documents are digitized and available on the web. Most documents need to be viewed in libraries, archives and repositories or copies of inter-library loan material needs to be requested. Hiring a professional genealogist can make these searches much easier.