Family Tree

Family tree

 The family tree allows you to discover and understand many things about your life and ancestors.

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 It can help reconstruct significant passages in family history.  It helps you group together objective information about ancestors, names, surnames and dates.

 The lives of our ancestors are probably full of implications that we can't even imagine and which influence our destiny: marriages, separations and births.

 The family tree is the symbol of life and is used in traditional genealogy because it allows us to illustrate the succession of different generations. As we delve deeper and deeper, we can make connections all the way back to the ancient ancestors.

 In short, a family tree is a chart that shows the lineage of a family or clan. It is a type of diagram that can be used to trace family and consanguine relationships, but also to research surviving relatives and ancestors.

  How to determine your family tree

 You can start by asking close family members, mother and father, uncles, grandparents, siblings, if they are older than you, they will have information that is missing. You'll find news that will allow you to reconstruct your family history and a clear, understandable family tree.

 There are several different types of family tree charts, all of which are quite similar to each other. For example, the genogram is used as a diagram to visualize the family environment and kinship status within a household. There are also horizontal genealogical charts (family trees limited to a single family) and vertical genealogical charts, which can represent one to four families.

 How to research and create a family tree

 Family trees require information about relatives and family members.  Although it is possible to create a family tree based on information from your grandmother or grandfather, if you want to study your family history in depth, we recommend using a copy of your family register.

 Once you have obtained a copy of the family register, check the information in the register you are interested in. Although the register only contains the most recent information, there may be omissions, so we recommend that you check it for each family.

 Once you have confirmed the details of your family register, you can start creating your family tree. The beauty of a family tree is that there are no predetermined rules or patterns.

 Hire a family tree expert

 As you know, it takes a long time to reconstruct the history of your ancestors. Some information is not easily available and cannot be traced simply from family records or surnames: in these cases you should ask an expert to reconstruct the history of your family and your ancestors who have passed away.

 Best APP's for building a family tree

 There was a time when, in order to reconstruct family history, the only option was to delve into dusty archives or hire a genealogical research specialist to do it for us. But with the arrival of the internet, we discovered, among other things, the desire to share the common thread of our origins and the web was filled with useful finds to compose family trees with roots spread across five continents. An operation that for some years now can also be done easily via smartphone, since all the main genealogy sites - Ancestry, FamilySearch and MyHeritage - have developed intuitive apps that offer the same functions as the web. Here are the main ones.

 Ancestry (free for iPhone and Android) Anyone preparing to digitally seed their family tree usually starts here: the site is well known and offers some free and paid functions. The app follows your trail and allows you to search through billions of Ancestry genealogical records and add new family members to the tree online. How it works. At the bottom of the screen is the main menu. When you tap on one of the tools, any menu available for that tool appears at the top of the screen. The first, Tips, brings up tips on ancestry records based on our family tree. By tapping the filter icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen, you can sort them by type (records, photos or stories) or filter them by surname.

Family Search (free for iPhone and Android) Since FamilySearch's vast collections of digitized records are free, the FamilySearch Albero app is an excellent, free and popular search tool. So: if you have relatives scattered around the world of whom you have only a vague idea, this is where you'll find them (as happened to the writer, ed.). How it works. The app's easy-to-use tools allow us to explore family history by adding and sharing photos, stories and documents to the global family tree. The menu is located at the bottom of the screen. After logging in, by tapping on Tree we can view our existing tree or start creating a new one. By clicking on Activities, the app gives us suggestions about the records associated with the people in our tree that we can explore and check. A third menu item, Recents, is a list of the people we have viewed most recently. The last option, More, offers an extensive menu of features, ranging from searching for historical documents to geo-locating relatives around us.

 MyHeritage (free for iPhone and Android) The site stands out for its technological tools and the app doesn't disappoint either: it allows you to build a family tree, makes suggestions and scans and sends photos to relatives' profiles directly from their smartphones. There is also a DNA section open to those who have had their DNA analyzed through MyHeritage. How it works. By clicking on Discover, we see a list of people in our tree for whom MyHeritage has found new information. The patented Instant Discoveries feature uses billions of online MyHeritage records and other users' family trees to reveal information about people in our family. Like the website, the app allows you to search all collections at once or choose a specific collection of historical documents.