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Getting started - Entry points

There are so many entry points to genealogy, here are a few ideas:
  • Start with yourself and record your family information: The ancestral chart project provides some background, examples and family sheets to guide you in collecting core genealogical data – a good start to your genealogical journey.
  • Play with technology: Capture family stories and voices in video clips or audio recordings – these will become a precious family treasure in future. You may consider a genealogical profile questionnaire as an interview tool or just get granny to tell you the well-known family story once again.
  • Create a photo album: Perhaps you have discovered old photos, letters, etc., and may want to start an ancestral photo album, enriched with some notes and facts about your family. Remember to keep track of names, dates and places.
  • Learn about genealogy: Visit the library to get a feel for genealogical books and documents. You will become acquainted with available sources and get exposure to how others have documented their family histories. The librarian, skilled in genealogy, will be able to guide you on how to proceed.  Alternatively check out the WebShop to procure some genealogical material.
  • Adopt genealogy as a hobby: Join the GSSA and become part of the genealogical community. You will meet kindred spirits, ranging from aspirant to seasoned genealogists. Depending on the surname you are interested in, we may be able to put you in touch with other members working on the same surname. The virtual tour offers a 90 second glimpse into what the GSSA is about.