There's no doubt, Lila Fourhman-Shaull
said, genealogy is about making a personal connection with history.
You start, and you just can't help it.
The director of library and archives at York County Heritage Trust
watched as such family-history work has grown in popularity.
The York-based trust sees thousands of visitors each year.
Plenty of those, much like Ami Virden, are novices, Fourhman-Shaull
With the approach of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Fourhman-Shaull
has seen an increase in those looking for ties to the Civil War.
That's a trend she
expects will continue.
Lila Fourhman-Shaull, director of library and archives at the York County Heritage Trust, has several suggestions for novice genealogists looking to start their family research.
said, speak with older family members and document their stories.
There is tremendous value in firsthand knowledge, and it's important to collect that information and organize it.
Of particular importance are names, dates and family relationships, she
Second, with that information in hand there are numerous sources that can provide more knowledge.
The York County Heritage Trust
specializes in history from York County and the surrounding areas, and offers a wide array of research materials including birth and death records, information collected off area tombstones and many old family Bibles, which Fourhman-Shaull
said can be of tremendous value to researchers.
The Internet also offers more resources than ever for your genealogical research.
Sites like Ancestry.com
specialize in gathering that material, and can be very valuable, Fourhman-Shaull