Each person belongs to a family, related by blood to them. You belong to yours. A happy and harmonious relationship in the family is what everyone wants and dreams to have.
Have you ever wondered the roots of your family? Surely, however big or small your family is, there is a or are roots that trace back to the wholeness of your family tree. Family histories are colorful and very interesting! They tell a lot about who you are and how your family’s identity has evolved throughout ages!
Learning about your family history is more than just knowing who your grandparents are, darling! That’s part of it surely, but it’s definitely not all to your long and vast family history. Especially if your parents have many siblings and same with your grandparents, then it’s absolutely one rich-in-branches family history you got there!
Whether it’s simply out of pure curiosity that you want to learn your family history, or a serious pursuit to be used in a crucial matter such as crime investigations, estate allocations or genealogy research, below are 4 ways that will help you big time!
 ASKING QUESTIONS
Asking questions never fails. Sometimes, you might be hesitant to do so, but It’s better to ask than to keep your question unanswered, right? If it’s a question that will make you satisfied to know something about your family history, then why not let it out to the right people to ask.
Especially if you are going to ask your parents and elder siblings who are just at home with you, it’s the most basic thing to do to gain information about a specific part of your family history which you want to know.
Take advantage of the usual family lunch or dinner at home, or of the quiet scene in the sala where everyone is just facing his/her smartphone. It could be a great time to communicate, catch up and inquire about family history interests.
 INTERACTING AT FAMILY GATHERINGS
For wider possibilities of inquiring from family-related people such as your relatives, family gatherings like reunions, birthday celebrations, Christmas parties and more are perfect! It’s a great time to see those cousins, aunties and uncles you miss! It’s the time to ask all you want as long as they are open to share and as long as they know what you want to know, of course!
Family gatherings are not the time to be introverted if you want to learn about family history. It’s a time to actively socialize with your extended family! It could be a time to meet for the very first time some relatives also. Well, that’s an ideal way to start your interesting questions. Simple exchange of stories about your family history is actually one huge way!
 LOOKING AT FAMILY RECORDS
Family records and documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, property titles, citizenship files are important to secure if you are in a quest to know something critical about your family. They are legal and authorized so you can rest assured that they are dependable anytime and recognized anywhere.
Family photos and video recordings are prime evidence to acquire relevant family information too. They could be taken during family events or could point people involved in certain family happenings and agreements as well.
Photos and videos are inevitable in family events, so you will certainly be able to gather a lot of them. You will gain information through them as well. Moreover, they are easy to keep and bring.
 CONSULTING A GENEALOGY FIRM
For an even more serious search or need to learn your family history, the best and most convenient way to do it and succeed with it is to consult a genealogy firm. Genealogists are experts who are educated, well-trained, skilled and experienced in tracing histories, mainly family histories but also include companies, properties, crimes, schools and more!
You just need to provide everything demanded from you as materials in the genealogy research. Of course, you have to cooperate wholly, especially in interviews and in listing contact persons who could be of enormous help to the success of the research!
Genealogists know exactly what to do! The process can take hours, days, weeks, months and even years, depending on the degree of difficulty to obtain and finalize information and depending on the specific parts of family history that you want to unravel. Well, if you want to know everything, expect it to be really long!
ROOT OF ROOTS
Learning about your family history takes a long way to go if you want to know all! But it will truly be worth the time, wait and efforts, especially if you peerlessly obtain everything you need!
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Travel, health, shopping, lifestyle and business are among the many subjects she writes about. Through quality and well-researched writing, she informs and even entertains readers about things that matter. She is also interested in film critiquing and filmmaking. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.