If anyone ever says that they have “done” their family tree, they’re telling naughty fibs! They have maybe completed a Pedigree Chart going back several generations and then had to stop due to lack of written records, but that’s only researching the main branches, and we all know that trees need leaves!
By breaking down your family history in “family groups” and researching each individual, you will not only grow a family tree full of branches AND leaves, but you will be creating a family story too.
In this series of Blog Posts – The Case Files – I aim to use my own family tree research to demonstrate the process of adding family “foliage” to a tree and give hints and tips that you may find useful for your own research along the way. By collating the facts from historical documents we can end up with a rather dry representation of an ancestor, so lets look at creating a story, something that people will want to read!
Several of my research clients have received a “Family Group Study” from me, and have been delighted with this approach to their family history. It turns the “names and dates” aspect of genealogy into the “people and events” of family history.