Finding Your Family History

 

Family history research is one of the most popular hobbies in America. Here at the State Library and Archives of Florida, we collect many different resources to help you research your ancestors.

Maybe you want to learn more about what country your family originally came from or you’d like to know more about your distant (or even not so distant) relatives. If you’re interested in becoming a family history detective, then get ready to explore the wonderful world of genealogy!

 

Step
1

Complete a Pedigree Chart

To the best of your ability, complete a pedigree chart (PDF) that covers three generations. Start with yourself, your parents, and your grandparents.

Three Generation Pedigree
 

Step
2

Complete a Family Group Sheet

Complete a family group sheet (PDF). Please select one parent and their parents (your grandparents!) to focus on for the remainder of this project.

Family Group Sheet
 

Step
3

Conduct an Interview

Using the interview worksheet (PDF), interview the parent or grandparents you chose to learn more information about for this project. You may also choose to interview a family friend or other relative who could answer questions about your parent or grandparents.

Family History Interview Worksheet
 

Step
4

Research

Gather several different primary source documents regarding your parents and grandparents. Many of the collections of the State Archives of Florida can be used for genealogical research. Fill out the resource worksheet (PDF), and identify the purpose of each document.

Family History Research Worksheet
 

Step
5

Biographical Summary

Using the resources you acquired and the charts you completed, write a 1-2 page biographical summary of your family's history and adventures.

If there are photos, documents or stories that you want to share further, you can create a video about yourself and the parent and grandparents you researched.

Summary