|Genealogy is the study of your unique family history. It is a personal record of your ancestors -- when they were born and where they lived, who their children were and who they married, and where you belong in your extended family tree.|
Learning about your family history usually starts at home by talking with relatives and friends, and recording information about your ancestors.
You may have useful sources at home such as birth certificates, obituaries, wedding announcements, a family Bible, etc.
You may find that others in your family have already done genealogy work, so don't hesitate to ask close or distant relatives if they have already started researching your family.
FamilySearch.org has some excellent suggestions to help start your genealogy quest on its How to Start page. Please note that SMGF is not associated with FamilySearch.org. This link is simply provided for your information.
There generally comes a point in family history research when you have to turn to sources beyond your immediate circle. Please see the Genealogy Research page to learn more.
Begins as an interest,
Becomes a hobby,
Continues as an avocation,
Takes over as an obsession,
And in its last stages,
Is a consuming passion.