Genealogy is a wonderful hobby! You search for
family roots, collect old documents, photographs, facts and stories
about your beloved relatives. But genealogy is also a science. To
your goals you sometimes need some special know-how, foreign languages or
specific facts from history and geography of a foreign country. Do not be
ashamed when you are unable to proceed any further and contact me for
some personal help! All cases are treated individually and
describing your problem.
How to start ?
The simplest way is to start with yourself. The next step could be to
find out personal data about your parents and maybe grandparents. Within a short time you
have information about 3 to 4 generations. State what you know about
your family, make some calls to aunts or uncles.
Work regressive that means backwards in the history, always from the known to
the unknown. Making a simple family tree you should concentrate on
parents and their parents, and their parents; adding all siblings is much more
Be precise in noting
the information and put targets in your work. Collect all important
documents, first of all the birth, marriage and death records of
your ascenters. If you do not posses them, contact a
local archive (they usually charge for the service). Be prepared that
some nice facts often told about your family might not be exact and
Read books about genealogy
or - much easier - surf through many specialized websites on
the internet. There are many sites for family research online. Some
of them I recommend on my Links Page.
Sometimes you come to a
point that you cannot make any further progress. Do not hesitate to
accept professional assistance.
In commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the
Liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto,
I have prepared some articles as well as
selected some recommended books.