Starting a free or paid family tree

TIP: Concentrate on adding just yourself then, your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents (x3) on both sides (your mom and dad). Create a second tree for your partner. Adding children and cousins should be a secondary option to adding ancestors who you descend from.


Entering information in a tree


Correcting mistakes

For help changing relationships in your tree, see Fixing Relationships in Trees. To merge duplicate people, see Merging Duplicate People.

To change name, gender, living status, or birth or death information you entered for someone in your tree:


There is only one single way to CONFIRMING your ancestors!

Vital records most commonly refer to records such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees, wills and the like. These records are created by local authorities, and with possible exceptions for events overseas, in the military, or in the District of Columbia.

National Archives: Vital Records