Your research likely will yield better results if you first obtain the following information:
- Names of ancestors, their spouses, their siblings, their children, and other relatives, if known
- Approximate dates of their birth and death, and, if applicable, dates of military service, of marriage, and of divorce
- The places (such as the town, county, state or province, and country) of birth and death, and residence.
Any record that gives a name, place, and/or date may be of interest to you as you conduct your family research. There could be a wealth of information about your family, just awaiting your discovery!