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how do i find my family

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on 2011-06-01 04:06:44

randall11 has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jun 2011. is researching the following names: HOCKLEY.

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by bcagle on 2011-06-01 15:23:21

Finding your family today can be much easier than it was even 10 years ago. You should start looking backward from what you know. If you are looking for biological parents because your were adopted, or for separated for some other reason, I would suggest checking your birth certificate for 'birth location' and starting in the local courthouse for that local.

Your birth certificate is your most valuable possession in as much as getting started on your search. Most birth certificates include the name of the (registered) father and the mother with her maiden name. Prior to about 1920 you may not find the maiden name listed, so you would need to stick with the father's name.

Look at your certificate. Make notes of:
Location of Birth
Date of Birth
Hospital (if one is listed)
Name of each parent
Date of birth or age of each parent at time of birth
Address of parents or parent
You may be able to find the name of the physician in attendance as well.

Is there any other information on your form?
Using the information you find you can request further records or perhaps find them online. Search for the names and birth-dates from public databases for the area, either state or county if known.

Each birth certificate should have similar information that will help you jump through the decades. Depending on what you are interested in, you can find documents that trace your line back many generations.

Keep in mind that just because a name matches does not guarantee that the person is a relation.

Your question is very vague. If you could be a bit more specific it would give me (and others) more of an idea of how to help you.

I hope you will take the time to do some of the research. Good luck finding your family.

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