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Family Lineage is a Treasure Hunt

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Recently, Larry King was presented with a copy of his family history
during his evening TV show. King commented that although he had received
many gifts during his life, he would cherish the gift of his family
lineage above all the rest.


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family lineage, family history, larry king, tom lebaron, heirlines,
genealogy


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Family lineage is one of the most interesting topics for anyone to
discuss because it is unique to each family. Finding everything from
royalty to heroes in family lineage is exciting. Having a personal record
of family lineage is a great treasure. Recently, the Latter-day Saint
church provided Larry King with a copy of his family history during his
evening TV show. King commented that although he had received many gifts
during his life, he would cherish the gift of his family lineage above
all the rest.

How do you find the origin and story of a family name as unique as von
Niederhausern der Hoboëken Dans or as common as Jones? There are three
major sources for finding information about your family lineage without
the help of one of those little kiosks in the mall.

<b>1) Family History Libraries</b>

The easiest way to learn more about your family lineage is to download
all the information that has already been compiled. You can do this with
the Ancestral File database that is indexed at the world’s largest
genealogy library, The Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Downloading your family tree onto a GEDCOM file can help you do research
on the ancestors you are most interested in. In order to find as much
information on your lineage as possible in the database, you’ll need to
gather information about your parents, your grandpare nts, and your great-
grandparents.

<b>2) Internet</b>

Since only a small percentage of genealogy enthusiasts will ever make it
to the Salt Lake Valley, the information has been placed online at
FamilySearch.org—a non-profit website that helps make vital records
available to researchers.


<b>3) Field Research</b>
Field research is not always the most practical method for filling in the
gaps of your family lineage. It’s certainly the most time consuming, but
it is also often the most rewarding. After exhau sting the data that’s
already been compiled in indexes, the next step is to do your own
research. You can hire an accredited genealogist to do this for you, or
you can tackle it yourself. Field research is done by going into census
records, birth/death records, marriage records, and anything else that’s
available in order to find information on a family.

These are some basic sources of finding information. Certainly, volumes
have been compiled on the subject of family lineage, but only recently
has a new method of research been revealed—DNA testing. Through DNA,
people whose research has hit a roadblock and hasn’t moved for years can
conduct a DNA test to either confirm records already obtained, link
themselves to someone they believe to be a relative, or determine what
ethnicities make up their DNA.

Remember that building a record of your family lineage is a very time-
consuming process, but it is extremely rewarding. Through either the help
of a professional or your own efforts, family lineage is a treasu re worth
discovering.

				
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