Where to start drawing up a family tree




first thing to do is to put family documents in order. It doesn’t need to spend much time and money to do that. It is enough to spread documents by species and folders. For example, documents with records (birth certificates, marriage, death) in one, property rights documents in another, etc., and remember that each document is important to the history of the family.


Talk to your relatives. Most likely they know a lot of interesting information that is not documented. It is especially interesting to listen to memories of older family members. Perhaps some of them or their parents participated in important events for the history of the country, for example, in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. You can use a voice recorder to record memories, and then it is better to decrypt the records, so that they are preserved not only electronically, but also on paper.


Systemize all acquired knowledge about the family. For example, make small cards with basic biographical information for each family member. In them you can specify all known facts, as well as mark for yourself what else I would like to know.


The next step to compile a family tree after finding out all available information about relatives, may be to apply to the archives. Keep in mind that each archive specializes in its own topic. So, in the archives of the registry office you can find information about the records of birth, marriage and death. Information about participation in military operations, for example in the Great Patriotic War – in the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.



order to request information about the records in the archives of the registry office or in the state historical archives, it is necessary to specify names, names and patronymics the persons requested, as well as the approximate years of the event (preferably within 1-3 years) and the place where it took place.$ Generally this applies to documents of the second half of the 19th century, Soviet and modern times. Documents such as metric books and direct records will help in this. Be prepared that if 75 years have not elapsed after the requested event, the staff of the institution can request documents confirming the kinship.


Earlier accounts of the composition of the family can be found in Revisian tales and confessional paintings. In this case, the search may be complicated by the fact that there will be no name in such documents. So, for example, Ivan Prokofievich can be recorded as Ivan Prokofiev. The same is found in earlier metric books.


Documents on the profession of relatives can be found in the subordinate archives of the institutions where they worked and are also in the state historical archives. So, if the ancestor was a judge in the pre-revolutionary war, the judicial funds will help. If the priest – funds of spiritual consistories of regions, etc.


Today in the age of Internet technologies, find out where the documents of interest may be located, simple enough. It is enough to type in search engines a query, and usually you can find the answer. There are forums and groups of researchers, among which you can find those who have already been interested in a particular issue.


Remember that making inquiries and seeking advice in the archives is your right. Requests are usually made in a free form, can be sent by e-mail and in writing. In any case, even if the archive response is negative, your appeal will be answered.

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