Your Ancestry

Here at San Clemente Villas we have residents who love to tell us about their life story. We are lucky to have the time to listen and learn from them. All too often, family members don’t take the time to ask about their family history until it’s too late. We have done a couple of blog posts recently about the treasures you can find when you do a little research.It not only teaches you more about who your parents and grandparents were and what they accomplished, it also let’s you solve the mystery of who you are and how you get some of your own character traits..

This is a great story about our President’s wife and her ancestry.


“9 Tips for Researching Your Family Tree

Author Rachel L. Swarns’s new book, American Tapestry, about the multi-racial ancestry of First Lady Michelle Obama includes a major revelation: the identity of Mrs. Obama’s white great-great-great grandfather, a man who remained hidden for more than a century in the First Lady’s family tree. While the book’s focus is on the ancestry of Mrs. Obama, Swarns says it’s also a reminder to start researching your own roots. “You should do it for yourself, your children, your parents,” she says. “It gives you a sense of your place and your family’s place in America’s history. You never know what you’ll find.” Here, Swarns shares her tips for the best place to start uncovering the details of your own family tree.”

And from the same article, hints on how to make sure you get the right information from your relatives while they are still able to remember:

“1. Get started by interviewing your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles — all of your oldest relatives. With their help, you can start to put together what is known about your family tree. What are some important details to ask about? Names (including maiden names of female relatives), dates of birth and death, marriage, and military service.

2. Once you’ve collected the basics, conduct more interviews, but this time dig deeper. Use your video camera or tape recorder to document your conversations if you can. Talk to your oldest relatives to find out everything they know about your family’s origins. Ask them what they remember most about their childhood and about the key moments in their lives. You should also find out if your family emigrated from one country to another, or even one state to another. We suggest downloading How to Trace Your Immigrant Ancestors.

Read more: How To Research Your Family Tree – Tips For Researching Your Family Tree – Good Housekeeping By Rachel Bowie “

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