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 Hobo?ken 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.
1) Family History Libraries
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
grandparents, and your great-grandparents....