8 tips to help find your family tree

Genealogist Megan Smolnyak is “the sleuth who uncovered Barack Obama’s Irish ancestry,” and her tips can help you find more about your ancestors.

In a National Geographic article, Smolnyak expands on the eight steps outlined here:

  1. Get organized
  2. Treasure hunt at home
  3. Talk to your elders
  4. Go online
  5. Get a DNA test
  6. Be social
  7. Manage your expectations
  8. Keep going

Smolnyak provides helpful advice about each step. To make sure you’re doing everything you can, read the complete National Geographic┬ástory.

 

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