How can I find my family tree when I don't even know their names.

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in The Tree House by Albert Krahenbuhl G2G Crew (370 points)

you can't ;-)

  1. But maybe you know something. Start write down what you know. Your birth place, date.....
  2. Join a genealogy society to learn more of what sources are available in your region 
  3. Try using sources like Family search example search on Cheryl Sue Workman WikiTree Workman-1799
  4. Then you also have the DNA possibility but that is difficult and takes a lot of time.... you start with a test and if you are very very lucky you get a match with someone who has also been tested and then the next big puzzle start finding out how you are related...

Your family tree

Talk with other relatives - you'd be surprised what people remember. Sometimes it's only bits and pieces that don't make sense at the time. Uncle Joe remembers something about his sister. Your cousin remembers something about her Aunt. You put it together and a tiny clue turns into a breakthrough.

If you can get to a point where you have enough to search records, give that a try. Also, try pulling your own birth certificate as a starting place. Depending on whether or not you're adopted, this can often give you a way to get the ball rolling.

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Best answer
Start with what you know, the names of your parents and grandparents.

If you want to use all you need to do is enter the full name, location and time frame info. Location would be country, county and city and time frame is birth year, marriage year and death year.

If you want to let someone else look up an ancestor, just post the question with as much information you have. You should get a response fairly fast.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.7m points)
selected by David Penfold

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