Genealogy is the
study of ancestry and family history. Anyone who is interested
in finding out more about their family and where they came
from will engage in genealogical research in some form or
A great source on immediate generations is family elders
and stories that have been passed down. But as you go further
back in family history, it becomes more difficult to rely
on family oral histories. That is when the serious researcher
turns to genealogical source documents that capture the evolving
history of a family.
Among these important documents are marriage records, birth records, death records and census records. Many of these records can be found in the county or federal agency where the record was created, or as part of digital collections on a growing number of State Archives Websites.