Genealogists are always encouraged to start with themselves and what they know. The next step is to talk with other family members, asking what information and documentation they can provide about themselves and others in the family. Home sources are the next logical investigative step in researching the family. Home sources include letters, diaries, journals, letters, ledgers, Bibles, receipts, licenses, birth/marriage/death certificates, deeds, obituaries, photographs, yearbooks, and copies of all types of paper records containing details about family members.
Personal objects passed down from one generation to another are cherished but are often overlooked as sources of invaluable genealogical information. These physical items can provide clues and often contain concrete source information that you might never have expected to find.
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