How to search for your family tree

Find Your Ancestors in the Family Tree

Are you trying to find an ancestor or deceased family member? If so, you should search our Family Tree—the largest shared family tree in the world. The Tree contains more than a billion names. It’s free and open to the public, and the ancestor you’re looking for might already be in it.

Gather what you know about your deceased relative—such as his or her name, birth or death information, and perhaps the name of a parent, spouse, or child—and follow the steps below to see if he or she is in the Family Tree. Or click the button below and go directly to our Find page. 

Searching Family Tree—A Quick Way to Start or Add to Your Genealogy

If you want to find a relative who may be in the Tree, go to FamilySearch, and under the Family Tree tab, choose Find. Be prepared to log in or create a free FamilySearch account. (You can also get to this same page by going to the Search tab, and choosing Family Tree. )

Once onto the Tree Find, enter what you know about your deceased relative. The page opens with a simplified search panel, which works for early searches. To get better results, however, it’s a good idea to open the full search experience by clicking More Options.

The Tree Find looks and functions almost exactly like FamilySearch’s Search Historical Records tool. We did this on purpose, of course. Any search strategies you learned for that page will be equally useful here. Let’s go through the filters one at a time, though, and examine some best practices. 

1. Names

Consider some best practices for filling out the name fields:

  • Enter the person's first and middle names into the First Names field.
  • Enter the person’s family name or surname into the Last Names field.
  • Use the Alternate Names tab for maiden names, nicknames, aliases, other spellings, second last names, and any name changes that may have occurred during a person’s lifetime.

2. Sex

Choosing Male or Female, if known, can help narrow your search results.

3. Life Events

Under Add Life Event, enter what you know about where the person was located during their life. Be sure to change the filter from Any to Birth, Marriage, Residence, or Death. Doing so is likely to make your search more accurate.

4. Family Members

Under Add Family Members, enter what you know about the person’s spouse, father, mother, or other relationship. You can use the same guidelines and strategies for entering names here as you did earlier.

5. Exact Search

Directly below the Family Member section is a toggle for Show Exact Search. Be careful using this option, and only use it when you are getting back more search results than you can reasonably consider. The actual data in Family Tree may be slightly different than the names, dates, and places you are entering, so being flexible with your search criteria is usually a good idea.

It's important to note that turning on the toggle for Show Exact Search doesn’t immediately engage an exact search. Instead, it opens a box next to all of the screen’s search filters, which you can then select or leave empty. It’s highly recommended that you only select the fields you’re sure you want to be exact, and that you start with a few. In other words, you could do an exact search for a particular birth date but not for your other fields.

Once you have entered the information you know, click Find to search for your ancestor’s profile in Family Tree. When the search results appear, click a name to see a summary of that person’s information. Then click on the name in the pop-up window to navigate to the person’s full person page.

Advanced Tips for Finding the Right Person

Too Many Results

Use the gray button filters at the top of the page to quickly fine-tune your search results:

In the search shown in these screenshots, I initially entered my great-grandfather’s name. As you can see, this broad search brought back lots of results—too many to search through. If I click the Birth filter, however, and select a specific area of the world, I can immediately make that number much lower.

No Results or No Matches

If your initial search came up empty, use the search panel on the right side of the screen to modify your search terms. Note: Depending on your screen size, the search panel might not be open at first. If that’s the case, click Search in the right corner to open it.

To broaden your search then, consider modifying anything that might have been too specific, such as an exact year. Increasing the date range for a particular life event can help. You also can try changing the Life Event menu to Birth or Residence instead of Any. If applicable, use the Alternate Names field to enter a maiden name, alias, or different spelling. Then click Search.

If after editing your search, you still can’t find the person you’re looking for, it may be that the person hasn’t been added to Family Tree yet. In that case, you could go ahead and add the person yourself.

In order to add a person to the Tree, you will need his or her name, and then you can enter as much additional information as you can about them, such as where they may have been born or where they lived.

Hint: If you’re missing information about your ancestor, try finding him or her in a historical record, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, draft card, or death certificate.

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Using Preferences to Customize Your Search Results

Experienced researchers will likely appreciate the functionality that comes with the Preference button that appears at the top of your search results page. With Preferences, you can make important choices regarding the formatting and exporting of your search results.

For example, the first option under Preferences is the choice to present your search results in either Data Sheet or Fixed Table:

If I was looking for a search result that matched one specific piece of information—a particular birth date, for example—I’d use Data Sheet. The format makes it easy to scroll and find results that match.

I’d use Fixed Table, by contrast, when I wanted to take a closer look at a handful of search results that all seemed promising, and see how well they matched everything I knew about the person.

Further down the Preferences pane is a section titled Language Options. Here you can choose to view information how it was originally entered into FamilySearch, or to view it with slight edits—what we call “translations”—that make it easier to read. A simple example would be an entry for “Jan 1855,” which, when clarified or translated, would appear as “January 1855.

Last but not least, in the Preferences pane is an option for downloading your search results to your own computer. Perhaps you have your own method for charting and filtering information. If so, you can download the information into any of the following file formats: XLS, XLSX, CSV, ODS, TSV, and ODS.

Find Your Ancestors in the FamilySearch Family Tree!

Ready to learn something about one of your ancestors? Our shared Family Tree has a place in it for everyone in the world—and we want everyone’s help building it!

Pick a deceased relative, and see whether he or she is among the 1.2 billion names in the FamilySearch Family Tree! Find the person’s profile, and enjoy the stories, photos, time lines, and other items that have been attached to it. Then consider what you know about them and could add to their profile. Other relatives may thank you in the future!

How to Find Your Ancestors for Free

How to Find Your Ancestors for Free

By Family Tree Editors

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FindMyPast Free Records

Free Genealogy Records

Free Genealogy Software

Totally Free Genealogy Websites

Finding your ancestors for free seems like an impossible task. Everywhere you turn, subscription-based access seems to be the only way to gain the family tree information you’re desperately seeking. But before you take out that second mortgage, take some time to do research on these totally free genealogy websites. We’ve included websites where you can build your family tree, search records, find genealogy books to borrow and reach out to volunteers who may help you with some of your genealogy research—all for free.


This grab-bag of free genealogy records keeps growing.

Allen County Public Library

Though based in Indiana, this library’s online reach extends much further—reflecting its status as the nation’s second-richest genealogy library.

Ancestral Findings

This site offers free lookups of marriage, birth, death, immigration, land, military and census records in dozens of different resources.

Ancestry Library Edition

Your local library may offer you access to’s immigration, census, vital and other records through Ancestry Library Edition. The library has to pay, of course, but it’s free to you as a patron.

Books We Own

The next best thing to owning essential genealogy resources is finding someone who has what you need and will do a free lookup for you.


The world’s biggest social networking site is a useful tool for finding cousins and getting help with research from volunteers. There are countless pages dedicated to helping beginner genealogists, specific states and heritages, surnames, projects and much more.


More than 2,000 online collections make this the internet’s largest home to free genealogy data.

Genealogy Bargains

This site points frugal genealogists to deals across the web—from free records access promotions and webinars to discounts on subscriptions and resources.

Genealogy Gophers

Smart, intuitive searching is the hallmark of the partnership with Family­Search here, which quickly combs 80,000 digitized books.

Google Books

Has someone already written a local or family history book relevant to your genealogy? Use Google Books to find out.


To get the most out of this digital library, you must log in with credentials from a participating institution (such as a university). But there’s plenty here accessible to the general public, too.

HeritageQuest Online

Free to your home computer courtesy of your library card via participating institutions, HeritageQuest is now “powered by” (but not owned by)

Internet Archive

The long list of collections here ranges from 2.4 million library items to specialized collections for California and Portugal. Plus the Wayback Machine can find vanished genealogy sites from the early internet.

Library of Congress

Though not specifically focused on genealogy, the nation’s library has plenty to offer online. The Library’s genealogy collection began as early as 1815 with the purchase of Thomas Jefferson’s library.

Midwest Genealogy Center

This site from the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Mo., taps one of the nation’s largest genealogy collections.

National Archives and Records Administration

Read all about the genealogical treasures stored at the National Archives, order military and other records, and browse historical maps and photos.

Olive Tree Genealogy

Since its launch in 1996, this modest website has grown into a useful collection of how-to help and databases.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK)

For research tasks in a distant library or archive, turn to this directory of volunteers and locations where they can do research tasks. (Please note you may be asked to reimburse small expenses such as photocopying or postage.)


This venerable free site still serves up how-to articles, databases of surnames and US locations, mailing lists, pedigree files and much more—making it an oldie but a goodie.


This volunteer site, with its state and county pages and special projects, remain as vibrant as ever.


Contributors here collaborate to build a single, unified family tree, with pages for more than 2.8 million people and 400,000 places. Register to add your tree; upload your family tree as a GEDCOM; and share documents, photos and stories.


More than half a million genealogists have contributed to this unified family tree, which now boasts nearly 18 million ancestral profiles (including living people, though they’re private except for invited people). Uniquely, more than 4 million profiles include information about DNA tests at various sites, which may help you confirm or reject your relation to that profile.


Find your family history in 2 billion items at 10,000 of the world’s libraries, then click to see holdings nearest you using WorldCat. (You may also be able to borrow the books you discover using interlibrary loan. )

Its offshoot ArchiveGrid searches more than 4 million descriptions of archival records from 1,000 different institutions. Learn about historical documents, personal papers, family histories and other materials that may mention your ancestors. A clickable map makes it easy to find archives near you.

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Ways to Use Ancestry.

com for Free

Even outside of a free trial, the savvy researcher can take advantage of without having a paid subscription. Check out these seven free features of (and its sister sites):

  1. Search the free index collections, which include both US and international records
  2. Use the free card catalog
  3. View record previews
  4. Take a peek at public member trees
  5. Learn from Ancestry Academy’s how-to videos
  6. Watch Ancestry on YouTube
  7. Test with AncestryDNA (You’ll need to pay for a test, but you won’t need a paid subscription to view your results or contact matches.)
  8. Search free records on’s sister sites

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Four Features of FamilySearch is the world’s biggest, all-free, all-genealogy website, with the most global record content. Here are four features you should know about if you want to research your ancestors for free.

Historical Records

At last count, FamilySearch is home to more than 4 billion historical, high-quality genealogical document record images, painstakingly gathered over the course of several decades from repositories around the world.

FamilySearch Wiki

The FamilySearch Wiki hosts nearly 100,000 articles to get you started (or help you break through a brick wall) with your current research question.

Family History Library Catalog

The catalog of the entire Family History Library is searchable on Search the catalog by place to explore what resources are available for your locale of interest.

FamilySearch Digital Library

In addition to the shelves of the Family History Library, the Digital Library offers search results on about half a million titles made available through libraries, genealogy societies and university libraries.

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Free Records on FindMyPast

Most of the giant genealogy websites, including Findmypast, allow users to create free guest logins and at least search their record collections for free. But viewing the actual record transcriptions and images you’ll find in search results generally requires the proper subscription. Findmypast’s free portal gives full access to the following to those who create their free registrations:

  1. 1940 United States Census and all Canadian censuses
  2. Parish registers, cemetery records and marriage indexes
  3. Passenger lists and travel records
  4. Irish Catholic parish records
  5. 1881 Census of England, Wales and Scotland

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Free Genealogy Records

Here are some websites for tracking down more free genealogy records. Also keep in mind many public libraries, state archives, historical societies and universities host free digitized records on their own websites—so if you want to find your ancestors for free, you may have to do some extra digging.

It’s also possible to find free genealogy records at subscription genealogy sites, if you know where to look. Plus, be on the lookout for temporary, free full access to record collections on subscription sites, usually available around a specific holiday or anniversary of a historic event. You can easily find these at


The Ancestor Hunt

FamilySearch Wiki



Census Finder

Census Online

Internet Archive

My Free Census Records

ResearchGuides. net


The Ancestor Hunt

FamilySearch Wiki


Random Acts of Geneological Kindness
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Chronicling America


Google News Archive

Online Historical Newspapers

Old Fulton New York Post Cards



Internet Archive

Google Books

Online Historical Directories



FamilySearch Wiki

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Free Genealogy Software

If your research has ranged much beyond one family, you’re probably scouting for a way to organize your family tree. Genealogy database software could be just the ticket—and you don’t have to spend and arm and a leg to get enough power to accomplish the task. Several great options are just a free download away.

Ancestral Quest


This software has all the essential features for working with your family tree.


Gramps is a free software and community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists. Features include family groups, charts, events, repositories list, and much more.

MyHeritage Family Tree Builder

Use this software to create your family tree offline or on a secure site at You can print decorative family tree charts from your online tree (order larger copies for a fee). The program supports 36 languages and its SmartMatching technology searches for matches to your ancestors in other users’ trees.

Legacy Family Tree Standard Edition

This free version of the popular software includes family and pedigree views, a to-do list, research log, event reminders and more.

RootsMagic Essentials

You’ll get many of the core features of the award-winning RootsMagic software in this free version: the Source Wizard, loads of reports and charts, unlimited data capacity and more.

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Find your ancestors in Family Tree

Are you trying to find an ancestor or deceased family member? If so, we encourage you to search our Family Tree, the largest single family tree in the world. It contains over a billion names. The tree is free and public, and the ancestor you're looking for may already be in it.

Gather everything you know about your deceased relative - their full name, birth or death information, if possible the names of parents, spouses or children - and follow these steps to find out if they are listed on Family Tree. Or click on the button below and go directly to our "Search" page.

Family Tree Search is a quick way to start building or adding more information to your family tree

If you want to find a relative who might be in the Family Tree, go to the FamilySearch website and then in the Family Tree tab select Find . Get ready to sign in or create a free FamilySearch account. (You can also access this page via the tab Search and select Family tree .)

On the Find page, enter what you know about your deceased relative. The system will open a page with a simplified search bar that works for the initial search. However, for best results, we recommend that you open the advanced search function by clicking More Options .

Tree Search looks and functions much like the FamilySearch Historical Record Search tool. We did it on purpose, of course. Any search strategies you have learned for this page will be equally useful here. Let's go through each filter individually and see how they work.

1. Names

Let's consider some recommendations for filling in the fields for full name.

  • Enter the person's last name in the Last Name field.
  • Use the Name Variation tab to list maiden names, nicknames, aliases, other spellings of the first name, middle surnames, and any name changes that may have occurred during the person's lifetime.
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    Entering the gender of a person Male or Female if known, will narrow your search results.

    3. Events from life

    In the line "Add event from life" enter the information you know about where this person was during his life. Be sure to change the filter from Any to Birth , Marriage , Residence or Death . This will probably make your search more accurate.

    4. Family members

    In section Add family members , enter what you know about the person's spouse, father, mother, or other relationship. You can use the same guidelines and strategies for entering names here as before.

    5. Exact Search

    Directly below the Family Members section is the radio button Show exact search . Be careful using this option. Use it only when the system produces search results in such a volume that you cannot analyze. The actual data in Family Tree may differ slightly from the names, dates, and places you enter, so it's best to be flexible with your search criteria.

    It is important to note that by enabling the checkbox Show exact search , it is not necessary to immediately search for exact criteria. The system opens fields opposite all search filters on the screen, which you can select or leave blank. It is strongly recommended that you fill in only those fields for which you absolutely need to search by exact criteria. Start your search using a small number of these fields. In other words, you can search for exact criteria for a specific date of birth without using other fields.

    After entering the information you know, press Search to search for your ancestor's profile in Family Tree. When the system returns the search results, click on the name to see a summary of that person's information. Then click on the name in the dropdown box to go to the person's page.

    Helpful Hints for Finding the Right Person

    Too Many Results

    Use the gray button filters at the top of the page to quickly narrow your search results:

    In the search, as shown in these screenshots, I first enter my great-grandfather's name. As you can see, this broad search brought up a lot of results - too many to explore. If I click on the filter Birth and select a specific region of the world, I can immediately decrease that number.

    No results or matches

    If your initial search was unsuccessful, use the search bar on the right side of the screen to change your criteria. Note: Depending on your screen size, the search bar may be initially hidden. If so, press Search in the right corner to open it.

    To broaden your search, you can change things that might be too specific, such as the exact year. Increasing the date range for a particular event can be an effective way. You can also try selecting Birth or Place of residence instead of Any in the Life Event section. If applicable, use the "Name Option" line to enter your maiden name, alias, or other spelling of the first name. Then press Search .

    If you still can't find the person you want after editing your search, that person may not have been added to Family Tree. In this case, you can add this person yourself.

    To add a person to the Tree, you will need their name, and then you can enter as much additional information about them as possible, such as where the person was born or where they lived.

    Hint: If you are missing information about your ancestor, try to find it in the historical record, for example, in a birth certificate, marriage certificate, military card or death certificate.

    Using the "Settings" option to customize your search results

    Experienced researchers will certainly appreciate the functionality of the "Settings" section that appears at the top of the search results page. In Preferences, you can make important decisions about formatting and exporting search results.

    For example, the first option in the "Settings" section is the choice of displaying search results as a data page or as a fixed table: data page. The format makes it easy to scroll through and find matching results.

    In contrast, with a fixed table, we can analyze a small subset of the search results that we think are promising and see how they match what we knew about the person.

    Next in the Preferences panel is the Language Options section. Here you can choose to view the information as it was originally entered into FamilySearch, or view it with minor edits, which we call "translations," to make it easier to read. A simple example would be "January 1855" which, if refined or translated, would be "January 1855".

    Last but not least in the Preferences panel is the option to download search results to your computer. Perhaps you have your own methods of accounting and filtering information. If yes, then you can download the information in any of the following file formats: XLS, XLSX, CSV, ODS, TSV and ODS.

    Find your ancestors in FamilySearch Family Tree!

    Ready to learn something new about your ancestors? There is room for everyone in our Family Tree. We want everyone to help in its creation!

    Select a deceased ancestor and see if their name is among the 1.2 billion names in the FamilySearch Family Tree! Find a person's profile and enjoy stories, photos, timelines and more about them. Then think about what you know about this person and what you can add to their profile. Perhaps one of the relatives will thank you in the future!

    How to find out the genealogy of your family by last name yourself in the archive for free

    Each person has a family history - ancestors and roots. Hundreds of lives, destinies and events make up the genealogy of a person. Knowing about your predecessors allows you to plunge into the history of your family and feel the importance of a single cell to society as a whole. In order to approach in detail the issues of how and where you can independently find out the pedigree of your family, you should first familiarize yourself with all aspects of this process.

    What is a pedigree

    The generally accepted definition is the process of succession of generations or a system of generations of one kind, which establishes the origin of individuals and compares them with information about other individuals to establish the degree of relationship. Often, the term "genealogy" is used as a synonym for this concept due to the similarity of the essence of these processes. In a narrower sense, genealogy is the process of systematizing knowledge about generations within the same genus. In a broad sense, genealogy is a science that establishes and studies the relationship between specific individuals.

    In Europe, many people became interested in the process of recording family history during feudal times. Maintaining a pedigree at that time was the only confirmation of the right to inheritance. Due to the fact that power and property were transferred through the male line from father to son, it became necessary to confirm kinship in disputable situations.

    Families of noble families and high classes sought to give their children in marriage with people not lower than their status. The genealogy of the clan also acted as proof of status for obtaining a profitable party. During the period of feudalism, the process of recording the history of the family was transformed into a tradition and became stronger.

    In addition to successful marriages, confirmation of noble origin for several previous generations was required for entry into a knightly order. To eliminate the possibility of deception and false evidence, officials appeared in sixteenth-century England who checked the veracity and correctness of the genealogy.

    The tradition of recording family history in Russia appeared in the fifteenth century. The first documents testifying to the family generation were genealogical books. From the time of princely Russia to tsarist Russia, the history of the tradition of compiling the family book stretched. Papers testifying to the estate and clan began to act as official documents. In the course of history, they were used as proof of status for the distribution of service people and establishing the size of their salaries, accounting for nobles in public service, confirming the privileges of a certain class, and other situations.

    It so happened historically that the compilation of genealogy was a necessity for people, a kind of applied science and confirmation of certain conditions and the right to privileges. Despite the fact that people made up the course of their family history based on vital needs, the recording process itself connected living generations with ancestors, told about not only the origin, but also the type of family activity, marriages and the formation of new family ties. The tradition of recording history gradually formed the significance of the concept of the family, the authority of previous and older generations, and brought up the need to know one's ancestors.

    The importance of knowing your family's pedigree

    A series of events that have taken place in our country has led to the fact that many people do not know their ancestors. Revolutions, wars and other historical events have negatively affected the bond between families. Many relatives have lost their loved ones, certain circumstances forced them to change their place of residence or cut off all contact with the family. There are many reasons for the loss of communication between generations, but thanks to the desire to find out the genealogy of your family by last name, both in the archives and on your own, a person can gain invaluable knowledge of his genealogy.

    Knowing your family history is of the utmost importance. The tradition of compiling a family book makes it possible to obtain information about previous generations, their occupation, and participation in critical historical events. Knowledge of family history is an integral part of the spiritual and cultural development of the individual.

    Instilling in children the tradition of drawing up a genealogy has a positive effect on the emerging character and psyche. The child develops a clear understanding of the importance of the history of his family in the course of the development of the state. Such an understanding fosters a sense of self-worth, and also gives invisible support to previous generations. The child begins to understand the need to honor his ancestors, as well as the current generation, that is, a sense of respect for the elders is brought up in the character.

    The very process of compiling a family tree, that is, searching and collecting information, highlighting individual facts for organizing the system and regularly updating the tree with new information, also has a positive effect on children. The child becomes more diligent, learns to identify important factors for systematization, and also understands the sense of responsibility necessary for the regular replenishment of the pedigree.

    Knowledge of family history is also important for an adult. The genealogy of generations acts as a kind of pillow that makes a person understand about his significance and the significance of his kind. For an already formed personality, such knowledge gives support and support, allows you to feel not alone, but confident.

    In addition to the positive impact on the organization of character traits, the process of obtaining and systematizing knowledge stimulates the consolidation and development of family traditions and values. Information gathering activities carried out together with the family allow its individual members to get closer, gain new points of contact, make important discoveries together, and also foster a sense of the need for knowledge of ancestors.

    Knowledge of the pedigree can help to find relatives with whom contact has been lost or, on the contrary, to acquire new family members that were previously unknown.

    Remember that it is never too late to start recording your family history and get information about previous generations. Don't wait for a specific date or event, start gathering information now. Start a tradition that future generations of the bloodline will continue.

    How can you find out your ancestry by last name

    In the era of computer technology and the Internet, each person can independently obtain information about their ancestors. There are several methods of collecting information - from communicating with relatives to contacting specialized genealogical organizations.

    Survey of relatives

    Communication with relatives is a great way to find out the pedigree of your family for free. Interviewing parents and grandparents will provide first-hand information. In addition, this is a good opportunity to please the older generation with an unplanned visit and give rise to pleasant nostalgia. Relatives who live in other cities and countries can be contacted via the Internet - write an email, start communication on social networks or via video chat.

    For a competent systematization of the information received, it is necessary to separate the data immediately during the survey. This approach allows you to concretize information and not miss important points. To simplify the interview process, you can prepare cards with questions in advance:

    • Last name, first name, patronymic (+ maiden name for women).
    • Place and date of birth (+ date of death if the person is no longer alive).
    • Surname, name, patronymic of parents (mother and father).
    • Estate (if a person was born before 1917).
    • Changes in place of residence by years.
    • Professed religion.
    • Education (school, secondary, higher).
    • Places of work, services.
    • Positions, ranks.
    • Availability of awards and prizes (military, scientific and others).
    • Surname, name, patronymic of the spouse.
    • Names and dates of birth of children.

    Thanks to the use of such prepared questions, it is possible to systematize information immediately upon receipt, and not to miss important moments of a person's biography. Attach a photo to each personality card, if possible, attach several photos at different ages.

    Systematization of information will also allow you to understand the overall picture of the family tree, see the gaps in the data table, and also tell you in which direction to move on. Begin with the generations now living. Children, parents, grandparents, move back into time in this order.

    Application to the archives

    Information received from relatives needs to be documented. For example, older grandparents may mix up names or mistype dates. For complete confidence in the correctness of the information received, it is necessary to apply for official confirmation.

    • Information about a change in a person's civil status can be obtained from the registry office, as well as from church archives.
    • Information about military personnel is stored in the databases of the relevant military services.
    • Information about the participants in the war can be obtained on Internet portals that provide data on the path of a fighter.

    By contacting these authorities, you can obtain evidence confirming family ties with the person for whom the information was collected. And also to verify the authenticity of the information received from the relative during the interview. It should be remembered that you can find out your pedigree in the archive both for free and for a fee. Many organizations close free access because they cannot get the necessary financial support in other ways.

    Contacting specialized organizations

    The most reliable method of collecting information is contacting companies that specialize in compiling a family tree. These organizations have professional access to archival data stored at the regional and federal levels, as well as in departmental databases and pre-revolutionary archives.

    The Russian House of Genealogy provides assistance at all stages of compiling a pedigree:

    • Drawing up a search strategy.
    • Appeal to archives in various fields of activity.
    • Data authentication.
    • Systematization of information in the genealogical tree.
    • Organization of the genealogical book.
    • Assistance to authors in maintaining the book of the family.

    Through cooperation with such organizations, you can get access to information that is impossible to obtain on your own. Also, the genealogical examination will be deeper, which will make it possible to recognize relatives for ten to fifteen previous generations.

    Where you can find out your genealogy by last name

    To simplify the process of independent search and drawing up a strategy of action, you should familiarize yourself with some divisions of historical state archives:

    • In the socio-political history archive you can get information about participants in youth movements and organizations .