Discovery of ancestors and important family events begins with summarizing information and compiling existing documents that display the known facts about births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials, education, residences, immigration, military service, employment, and other events. Anecdotes from family members can often provide links to people, events and places and need to be recorded as well.
We first assemble whatever data is known about parents, grandparents and other family members and input the information into a computerized genealogical database. As more information is gathered it is added to the family file with the goal of eventually being able to produce as complete a family history as is possible.
We proceed from the most recent generations, building a history and family tree as information about family members from the past is uncovered.
We investigate civil and church records for births, marriages and deaths, census returns, ship passenger lists, military records, business directories, wills and testaments, and any other relevant documents and sources, to uncover family members and the activities they were involved in. Copies of original records are obtained and catalogued where possible.
Relationships are established between individuals using all of these accounts. In all cases, specific information is sought to prove the connections between family members. Where direct evidence might be lacking, notes are made to show likely or probable associations and to direct further research.