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Family Tree: The Story of Your Family over Time

Family trees are at the core of genealogy research. They're the starting point for understanding your family story. You can use them to store, organize, and share what you find, creating a detailed picture of your family history. Here are the basics on starting your own family tree. Read more about Family Trees

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The 1920 Census and Your Family at the Start of the Roaring Twenties

The 1920 U.S. Census was held at a pivotal moment in American history. Woodrow Wilson was president, soldiers had returned from World War I, and the country was just recovering from the Spanish Flu pandemic. Learn more about the 1920 Census

Using Naturalization Records in Your Family History

Naturalization records document the path to citizenship for immigrants to a new country. These records can be valuable sources of information as you explore your family history. Read more about Naturalization

Obituaries: A Window into Your Family Stories

Typically written by family or close friends, an obituary may include the names and relationships of family members. Often obituaries mention both family who survive the deceased as well as those who died previously. Read more about Obituaries

Marriage Records: First Comes Love, Then Come Marriage Records

Marriage records are an important part of family history. They answer a number of questions: What was my grandmother's maiden name? Were any of my ancestors married multiple times? Read more about Marriage Records

Going Beyond Family History

AncestryDNA® Learning Hub

Learn how DNA can give you new details about your family history or even help you connect to your past in a deeper way.

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AncestryDNA® Traits

What makes you, you? Learn how certain characteristics may be passed down in your DNA.

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AncestryDNA® Glossary

Curious about science and your DNA? Here’s a list of key terms and topics to help you better understand your genetics.

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