Developing Goals

There are of course many reasons for becoming interested in tracing the origins and descent of your family. Suffice it to say that you have your own personal reasons and that you are here to discover how to go about doing so.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to trace your ancestry, you need to first decide what it is that you want to achieve. Think about which lines to follow. You have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, and so on. You have to draw the lines somewhere. You can use your time better if you develop a plan to guide you.

It is recommended that you set yourself an achievable goal, one that is possible and relatively easy to achieve. Say set yourself the goal of tracing your family back in both paternal and maternal lines for five generations.

Once you have achieved the five generations then you can set another goal, perhaps that of taking particular lines further back in time.

Whatever aim you set yourself, it is best to concentrate on just a small part of the tree or chart, so to speak, at any one time - you can always move to another part when you get stuck.