Recall information about yourself and your family. Write down (or type) your name, birth date, birthplace, marriage date, marriage place, spouse, and the children’s names and dates and places of their births, marriages, or deaths.
Recall similar information about each prior generation (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and others.)
Try to recall both vital event and biographical information. See the following box.
Types of Genealogical Information[edit | edit source]
Types of Genealogical Information
Vital event information can uniquely identify a person as distinct from any other person. It is generally compiled on family group records and pedigree charts. It includes—
When you cannot find all of this information about every ancestor, you may need to calculate or estimate dates and places of birth, marriage, and death.
Biographical information gives additional information about a person’s life, such as:
Often you need biographical information to identify which records have the genealogical information you need. In such cases, biographical information is essential, not optional!
Consider the value of recording your family's medical history. You may want to see the tutorial video on FamilySearch Learning Center, '"Ancestors Season 1: Your Medical Heritage"'.