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So, WELCOME one and all!
I've been working on my family tree off and on since 1981. I've hit several walls (one of which involves an ancestor changing our family's last name while reputedly fleeing prosecution for a murder), but I haven't given up hope yet.
I had an overzealous elderly relative who spent countless years preparing a highly inaccurate family history in which she makes claims to being a decendant of William the Conqueror. I'm lucky to have another relative, an uncle, who is also interested in family history, which I hope to take advantage of!
*note: Iwrote this before I found "The Gene Pool" group. Evidently, the group search engine searches titles and descriptions of groups. Since TGP doesn't acutally use the word "genealogy", it didn't show up on my original search. Feel free to join both or either group! :-)
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I'm a Canadian, by the way, as if that mattered!!
There is "how to begin" advice on many sites. The key is to start with yourself and work back. Downloading the forms & the Personal Ancestral File from FamilySearch.org (not ".com") is a good idea.
With regard to asking relatives, don't just ask "When was Aunt Jane born?" They know a lot that specific questions won't bring out. Get them talking about their families, childhood, visits to aunts & uncles & cousins, family dinners (favorite foods served --- food is a great memory trigger!), who came to the wedding or the funeral, etc. etc. Record the conversation if possible. Ask about documents, old letters, photos.
After I'd spent 30+ years quizzing my mother for info, she would occasionally blow my mind by asking out of the blue "Did I ever tell you about ____?" And long after I'd gotten every bit of info from her first cousin ("No, there are no other pictures"), his wife recently sent me a photo of my GGG-Grandmother!
Keep track of your source for each fact, even if it is just "Interview with Cousin Tom." Don't believe everything you hear from relatives or find on the web. And don't expect to "find your family on the web." Even if you did find a tree purporting to be for your family, you would need to verify the information. No pain, no gain. :-)
My mother, children and I drove from Virginia to Mississippi to research her Dalton family. Her father and grandparents were born in Mississippi so we started there. Mississippi took us to Tennessee. Tennessee to the Carolinas. The Carolinas to Virginia ... Orange County. Just 2 counties over from our starting point.
We were also searching for her grandmother's family, Hammond. It ended up that they came from Virginia as well.
I'm an Aberdeenshire Scot, exiled through work in Moray for the last 20 years ;-) I've been doing work on my family history for about as long - though not consistently. I usually get bursts of enthusiasm once a year.
I've got a small amount of material particularly specific to the area round Turriff on the Aberdeenshire/Banffshire border. Not all of it listed yet.
Dempster - Turriff-Inverkeithny-Huntly
Clark - King Edward-Rhynie-Cabrach
McKenzie - Rothiemay-Cullen-Rathven
Gray - Bellie
Vass - Bellie-St Andrew's Lhanbryde-Nigg