Why do you want to trace your family history? It’s all over TV, certainly. “Who Do You Think You Are?” has versions in Australia, The UK and the US. “Finding Your Roots” on PBS takes it a step further by working with DNA. And in our daily lives, we all know that family lore makes for fascinating storytelling at reunions and holiday gatherings.

Are you part of a family that just hasn’t handed down its stories? Are you an orphan, missing a parent, or adopted? Increasingly, there are tools available online to help you uncover secrets. It’s natural to want those answers.

Sir Francis Bacon believed that in genealogy “consisteth a part of the knowledge of a man’s own self. It is a great spur to virtue to look back on the worth of our line.”

But genealogical research takes WORK, discernment, and experience. Are you short on time? Are you afraid of the time and dedication required to use a basic Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org membership, to decipher the implications of your genealogical DNA test, to use GEDmatch.com or FTDNA or DNA.land to find your cousins, or to answer even simple questions about your lineage?

If you said yes to any of these questions, it might be time to find someone to start your research for you. Ask yourself:

  1. Do you know where your grandparents were born, or how they met?
  2. Do you know where your ancestors were 100 years ago?
  3. What part or parts of the world does your family come from?
  4. Did any of your family members participate in any US war?
  5. Do you ever wonder why you have the eye color, hair color, skin color, talents and interests that you have?
  6. Do you think that your family is just boring, like everybody else’s?

Still reading? You have the interest to start digging into your family history. Your answers lie in genealogy. Get ready for some BIG surprises.

At Ancestors Alive! Genealogy, we use online software, libraries, websites and archives. With information from you to begin our work, we can trace your family tree back for generations. Results vary from family to family, but some people have gone back to the year 300 AD. Some have found their descent from European royalty. Others have discovered that they have early settlers, pioneers of industry and self-made success stories in their own family histories. Still others have been surprised at their genetic make-up, and have learned family secrets about who they really are.

Regardless of the specific findings, Ancestry Alive! Genealogy will locate stories, careers, goals, aspirations and even hidden truths about those who went before you. Our goal is to get you started with a solid foundation going back at least four generations so that you can pick up your tree from there and get hooked on genealogy, too. You WILL be surprised.

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