Tips for getting started with genealogy research

Here are some tips to help with tracing your genealogy:

• Find out what's been done before. There's no need to duplicate effort if your great-aunt already has a family tree.

• Talk to older family members.

• Verify everything. The most reliable family trees trace each piece of information to a vital record such as birth, death or census records. If you're missing a vital record, make sure you account for its absence.

• Trace both sides of the family tree. Genealogists say the female side is often neglected in favor of the male surname.

• Be cautious with private information, particularly with living relatives. A name, birthdate and mother's maiden name give identity thieves plenty to work with.

• Back up everything, either with physical or digital copies. It's best to create at least two backups of your information and store them in different locations, in case a disaster wipes out your home.

• If you're stuck, try reaching out through Internet message boards or visiting a local genealogical society, library or the Latter-day Saints' Family History Center.

• Record what you do, and share it with your family.

• Never give up.

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