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DNA tests give you an educated estimate of your ethnic makeup and help inform genealogical research by verifying existing family trees and informing future avenues of investigation. Additionally, there's a possibility you'll find living DNA matches - distant cousins and other relations - who could share their family history with you to build a bigger picture of your family tree.
Your DNA is compared with a reference database of samples common to specific ethnicities and regions. Birth, death, and marriage certificates, military and property records, and wills are valuable to budding genealogists.
Philadelphia has a wealth of genealogical resources, including the Free Library and the City Archives. The library has census data, tax records, burial information, immigration lists, naturalization records, and old newspapers and a guide to help you navigate those. And if you exhaust your local supply of records, you can make requests by mail to most historical repositories and archives — or visit in person.
Wherever you do your research, Dixon recommends starting with the most recent records, then moving backward. Pay close attention to details; even facts like the hospital your relative gave birth in can yield clues. While older documents may be difficult to read, the information they contain can be invaluable. Interviewing family, friends, and neighbors can add color and crucial facts to your family history. Start with those whose memories are most fragile, genealogists advise, and ask open-ended questions.
You can ask about where they went to school, what they remember the most from their childhood, where they were when significant events in history took place, and also what they recall about the other members of the family. Your family members may not recall exact dates, but they can paint a picture. Keep in mind that interviews can get emotional — you might be reopening painful memories. If someone does shut down, having a friend do the interview may be helpful. A friend can also take notes, though recording interviews is easiest but be sure to ask first.
Genealogy research can be an emotionally fraught process. Tragic stories can and do emerge in many family histories, so one must be prepared. Adrienne Whaley, president of the African American Genealogy Group of Philadelphia, recommends making sure that you have emotional support in place — family, friends, or professional help — before you begin your search. African Americans routinely grapple with this scenario.
But she added that the results are often rewarding, despite the emotional toll. Whaley found evidence on ancestry. A study by Emory University psychologists concluded that researching your roots can boost emotional well-being, and that sharing it with your children can help them feel more rooted in their identities. You get a better understanding of the values and traditions that your family has and why they have them.
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You form a real connection with history. And you understand yourself better. Genealogy records abound online, but rarely in the same place. Mainstream genealogy websites like ancestry. Skip to content.
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Why determining ancestry is rarely accurate. This Temple junior and Bryn Mawr sophomore found out they came from the same orphanage — and may be cousins by Jeff Gammage. Inquirer Morning Newsletter. Sign Up Inquirer Morning Newsletter. Fear not. If you know where to start, tracing your family roots is easier than it seems. Skip ahead: Digging up records Deciphering documents Interviewing relatives Risks and rewards Online resources and paid research services.