NYC Genealogy

Author:Denise Perreault

Genealogy involves researching and tracing family history. Some people dive into genealogy as a hobby to learn about ancestors who lived in bygone eras. Other people explore genealogy to find out about medical conditions that may exist in families. People who enjoy history and family stories often find genealogy fascinating because of the interesting details that often surface while exploring.


When you study genealogy, you learn about specific individuals in a family. You also explore the relationships between people to learn about family lines of great-grandparents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and more. Your research will reveal details about geographical places that people lived, marriages that occurred, military service, children that were born, and lives that were lived. Genealogists usually create charts that include basic information about ancestors' birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, and the locations where these events occurred.


Some of your research will begin right in your own attic or closet by diving into old photo albums, journals, baby books, school records, and scrapbooks. In these places, you can learn names of family members to see how these people's lives formed the foundation for generations to come. It's important to keep detailed charts of this information so you can follow the ancestral lines through your family. After you exhaust these resources, you have additional places to research. The Internet makes genealogy research accessible and affordable for many people. Instead of visiting city halls and courthouses, you can gather important details simply by visiting websites. On the Internet, search websites with old newspaper archives, look through census records, and explore vital records such as births, marriages, and deaths. States and local municipalities often make this information available online for people wanting to learn about their family history. You may need to pay for this service, or it may be free of charge, depending on individual websites.