Tracing Your Family History – How to Get Started

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27 thoughts on “Tracing Your Family History – How to Get Started”

  1. damn i missed it, by a like 5 min video as well. Also in the UK i think we get census results published 2 years or 100 years after im not sure

  2. Hi Chris, love your videos! I have a question I hope you can answer: I've always wanted to check my ancestry/family tree but have been reluctant because I feel that there might not be much online/archived documentation of family from Asian countries, for me in particular – the Philippines. I'm only 5 minutes into this video but I'm assuming you don't cover this in the stream. Would you agree, and if not, do you have advice?

  3. I feel for your wife on the Austrian Hungarian thing. My ancestor is from Konigsberg which is in modern day Kaliningrad, Russia (Russia’s Baltic territory split completely from the rest of the country). That area of land has been in Polish-Lithuanian hands, Prussian hands, and Russian hands in the last 400 years. My ancestor was German but those areas of the world for much of their history were constantly changing hands.

  4. Check and give your opinion/reaction on the following video from Extra Credits: Stop normalizing nazis
    It discusses the normalization of nazis in video games. It would be a nice video for your gaming channel.
    I think it would be an interesting video for you and your wife to react to together since you mentioned she is taking a masters on psychology and you are a historian.

  5. Hey, really interesting video. I did some of my own family research a while ago and your video has inspired me to pick this back up again, so thank you! Point of interest- My Paternal Great Grandfather's brother, Walter (so my 2x Great Uncle? I think?), was in the same Regiment as Joseph Corden, though he was in the 2nd Battalion of the Sherwood Forresters. Sadly he was KIA Dec. 1916. Interesting to think that they may have met or even fought together.

  6. I love how passionate you get when talking about this. I have used ancestry for a while now and I learned about an uncle I never knew I had. He pass away before I was born and my dad just never talked about him. I was also a Civil War reenactor and did events at the Cedar Creek battlefield for 6 or 7 years when I lived in PA. Through Ancestry I learned I had an an ester who fought at the Battle of Cedar Creek and was wounded at the battle. It is so cool to find these details

  7. My Grandma is huge into genealogy. She has been doing work with it for around 50 years. I don't know how accurate it is, there's most likely some discrepancies somewhere, but she's done so much that on one line on family search I got all the way back to 125 BC. It's amazing how much work she's done for this. She's also really big into the grave finder thing and she and my cousin spent 1 to 2 years finding a grave. I can't remember if it was for an ancestor or just a random person, but still she's incredible when it comes to this kind of stuff. Though it makes it difficult to do this kind of stuff when she's already done a lot of the work.

  8. Great video. I'm also a huge genealogy and history person. Such interesting topics to research together. Genealogy makes history so much more interesting. One of your noble/royal links cuts relatively close-ish to mine.

    I too descend from Edward III through his son Lionel and his daughter Philippa. My line links down through Henry Hotspur as well and John the 7th Lord Clifford. I descend from your ancestor's (the 8th Lord) sister Mary who married Sir Phillip Wentworth. That leads down to my gateway ancestor William Farrar who came to Jamestown (being part of the Farrar/Ferrar family who were heavily involved and invested in the Virginia Company, such as his cousin Nicholas Ferrar). My line leads down to a George Farrar who married a Judith Jefferson also my ancestor and aunt of President Thomas Jefferson.

    Nearly all of my lines are colonial American, with the vast majority being Southern though a couple branches leading and expanding in the North as well (being from the West I descend from people from both regions, if mostly from the South). One line immigrated from Germany the 1840s. I've been fortunate enough to trace them back to a 300-400 person village in Germany (Gerterode) and correspond with a parish there that was able to get my birth and marriage records locally that give me a further generation (primary line being the Rudloff surname). Unfortunately I dead end there but pretty hard to scour German records beyond that myself without being able to read the language (and the trail might just run cold anyways since they weren't wealth or anything, one was from a father that was a Linen weaver and another called something along the lines of a hand laborer). Still was great getting that (and lucky the parish there responded to my google translated to German request lol).

    Despite having many lines that intertwine there is only one incident I've found of pedigree collapse that is awkwardly close. One of my lines leads up to a bunch of Quakers (originating in Pennsylvania, a line that I shared ancestry with Richard Nixon of all people) where an ancestor married a first cousin once removed. Interestingly though my parents come from very different areas (my father was born in California with his parents born in Kansas and Arkansas, and my mother's parents all born in Texas) they both lead to the South and overlap sometimes as even neighbors I've only found one shared set of ancestors. Naturally it happened to be the same shared ancestors of that cousin marriage above, making me three times descended from their common ancestors, just those funny coincidences you find in genealogy lol.

    When your work load slows down I might have to see if I can hire your services to help dig through some records I can't easily get access to being in Arizona. Most of my ancestry is in the South and I've found some sources I've wanted to get my hands on but mostly only exist either in local archives in places like Georgia or in the LSD library in Salt Lake City. I've done pretty extensive genealogy over the last 10-20 years or so and though I'm no professional credit myself being pretty thorough and effective (digging through the countless thousands of pages of land deed, grants, probate records, court minutes, etc) but there are a couple brick walls that I'd be interested in hiring help on. I'm not sure if brick wall lines are something you take work for though? (Knowing that clearly the progress gained on an already researched and brick walled line will be much slower and might still not find too much). Some things are just time prohibitive and someone even more proficient like yourself might make progress where I've dead ended.

  9. My husband found his birth parents’ family on AncestryDNA. He always knew he was adopted and wasn’t really looking for them actively, but now we have relationships with so many of them and it’s amazing.

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