Who Were Your Ancestors?















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.  Some of the posts by our guest blogger Karen have talked about aging family members and what her memories of time spent with them has meant to her and her children. It can be a bit like embarking on a treasure hunt,  you just never know what kind of special things you may learn  when you do a little research.

When I was doing my research for this post, I found some very good information and  a great story about our President’s wife and her ancestry. Have a look:

“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.

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. 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 “


Aileen Brazeau

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