1. The first place to start your family history research is your house.
2. While exploring your house, look for heirlooms, pictures, documents, letters, or any other kind of personal effect that would have clues to people and happenings in your family.
3. Contact the oldest member of your family and arrange to have an interview.
4. While interviewing the oldest member, make sure to write or record all the stories, events, and dates mentioned in the conversation.
5. Sometimes the oral information collected from family members is incorrect, but it gives you a clue of where to look to prove or disprove the information.
Would anyone else like to add ideas on starting our research? What is the first thing you do when starting to research a new branch of the family?