When I first started my family genealogy back in 1985 or so. I knew nothing but one question " Where did " I " come from " ? I knew some family, sure, as we all do. I wanted to know the deeper answer for myself. "WHO AM I "? I started out simple .
I sent " basic questions " on paper to each Aunt and Uncle plus Grandparents along with a self addressed stamp envelope. and waited impatiently for all my answers.
After that, I did it once again , however, on this one I approached my questions with my memories and waited impatiently for my answers.
A few years later I asked my Grandmother to write me her" Life Story " and she did. She went one step further and wrote my Grandfathers life story as well.
Then I went on to get certificates...
Births, Deaths, Wills, Census, Bible records and so on.