Tutorial: 12 critical thinking skills for genealogy investigation

This tutorial is part of an article originally published in Family Tree Magazine's special issue "Discover Your Roots" in Summer 2014.

1. Prove it for yourself

Getting started: Your first Family Story

• Family stories don’t have to be elaborate or perfectly written, especially to start with.

Start simply with a memory or a photo of an event from your family history. It might be something formal like a wedding, funeral or childbirth. How about a memorable family vacation or just a day at the park with grandpa and the kids?