How to identify a good genealogy association

If you have made a decision to look into your genealogy, the next step is identifying a good genealogy association that will offer you the right guidance as well as offer you the best service. Whereas there may be numerous associations out there, not all will offer you quality service.

In this article, we intend to share with you a few insights on how to identify a good genealogy association. 

They must be honest

In the area of genealogy, honesty is very critical because it’s directly linked the level of quality and accuracy of information that the association will avail to you. It’s in your best interests to work with an association that will be in a position to get you accurate and legitimate data on your genealogy and do so at a reasonable cost.

They must be evidence based

Genealogy is purely evidence based therefore the association you chose to work with should be able to provide you with clear documented evidence that is supported by accurate sources. Their data should pass the verification test with all the relevant government agencies.

They must have the requisite experience

The work of verifying genealogy requires a lot of investigative experience because it may involve going through a host of documents that will require verification as well as turning to various government as well as private agencies to double check certain facts. Without the requisite experience, an association may not be in a good position to carry out the task of genealogy.

It’s therefore advisable for you to do your due diligence because you can’t afford to use wrong genealogy data to make your decisions considering how critical this data may be in influencing your life decisions. Be sure to do your research, get reviews from their past clients, and find out their reputation before signing up to any genealogy association.

We wish you all the best as you embark on this journey of self-discovery. 

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Here are 3 benefits of genealogy

Many people go throughout life never knowing the extent of their family heritage. In most cases, knowledge about the family tree will never go beyond the level of grandparents. What many people don’t know is that there are usually some really great benefits of knowing your family history and genealogy.

In this article, we are going to look at three benefits of knowing your genealogy.

You will be better aware about your family’s medical history

It’s no secret that a significant number of medical conditions are passed down the family line. From genetic deficiencies, to allergies, to chronic illnesses, there are multiple cases of illnesses being passed down generations. It’s also usually not a surprise for some of these illnesses to skip some generations. Knowing your genealogy puts you better placed to proactively handle some of these illnesses.

It’s a solution to avoiding incest

In many cultures, incest is considered to be a taboo. However, avoiding incest becomes a bit of a challenge because migration has resulted in many families breaking up and because people don’t prioritize genealogy, they are not able to know whether their potential mate is a distant relative. It’s therefore advisable for couples to check their genealogy before they start dating.

It gives you a sense of belonging 

Getting to know your genealogy has the added benefit of giving you a sense of belonging because you get to know your ancestry and get connected to other living relatives. Being part of a large family especially if it has proud ancestry does great in giving you a good sense of belonging and pride at your heritage.

These are just a few benefits of learning your genealogy yet really tremendous benefits. If you are yet to consider genealogy, I hope this article has helped to tip the scales.

How to make a claim to a family estate

One of the interesting things about finding out that you share ancestry to a successful clan is that you may end up enjoying the extra benefits of being entitled to some form of inheritance. In addition to just sharing in a name associated with a proud heritage, you may be entitled to a title, the family estate, membership to an association and so on.

In this article, we are going to share with you a few tips on how to make a claim to a family estate.

1 Familiarize yourself with the estate your family is entitled to

There are a number of government agencies that are charged with the responsibility of documenting the entire estate that a family is entitled to and this is usually information that is available to the public. This is therefore one of the very first places you should go to, to find out the entire estate associated with your family, as well as whether you are still within the time limit for making a claim. From here, you will be in a better position to know if it is worth making a claim for.

2 You need to be able to prove that you are part of the family

You have probably done an exercise where you make a family tree showing where you fall in the tree. This is usually one of the initial documentary evidence you have to produce as proof of lineage. It can be a tedious process because depending on how large you family is, you will need to provide all the names, dates of birth and other personal information about the members in your family tree.

3 You need to have proper identification documents

If you are able to provide a family tree then the next part is proving that you are indeed who you say you are. This will involve providing identification documents that identify you as well as your relationship with the family. This will include a detailed birth certificate, marriage certificate if you are related by marriage, and your ID documents.

Once you supply this information to the relevant government agency, your documents will be verified and if they pass the verification test then your claim will be processed.