posted on Feb, 11 2018 @ 06:30 AM
Just get started, you'll go a long way if you can put in the time. Ancestry.com is really good and you can join for one free month, then pay for
another month when you reach enough dead ends. Your tree can be adjusted with your own information while using the free version. Use all the free
information you can to help provide documentation and proof of identity.
You'll end up finding some relationships that don't make sense or people that get listed a number of times as being in the family. Brothers and
sisters marrying or even first cousins are likely not good information and need correction. Keep digging to fill in the blanks.
I went back as far as the 900s AD in some lines, that doesn't add much for me, so now I just get as far as their country of origin and leave it at
that. Language can be a barrier too.
Once you have most of the lines going back to their country of origin, you can say with certainty that you are this percent of this or that ethnicity.
Don't bother with the DNA unless your fixated with race, something you could guess based on the history of the area they came from.
Dig hard when you are trying to prove some family stories, like in my case I assumed Blackfoot tribal blood. I found that relative was a white woman
from New Jersey, not a half blooded Native American. On the other hand I found two relatives from the Mayflower and one who helped found James Town
and a relationship to Pocahontas. None of those stories had survived as family stories.
ETA: My first cousin did the DNA test. Everyone in the family was certain her father was half Africa American, her features even supported that
assumption. It turns out she didn't have a single drop of African blood and it proved my findings about that side never having Native American blood
edit on 11-2-2018 by MichiganSwampBuck because: Added extra comments