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* Finding the minimum information for family histories and genealogies

To find the names of living relatives in a family history or genealogy, you must at least know the full name of your ancestor, and the approximate area (state or county) in which the family may have lived. If you do not have the minimum information to find a family history or genealogy, you can either:

* Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items, or


Places the family lived

* click the Back button on your browser to return to the list of other places where you can find the names of living relatives, or

* read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.

Finding living relatives

Ensure that you have asked all of your immediate relatives, such as parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles about any living relatives -- perhaps distant cousins that the family hasn't seen for quite some time. They may also recall the names of relatives that they visited when they were younger and the name of the town where those relatives lived. This information would give you a starting place.

If you have living relatives who, unbeknownst to you, are doing genealogy research and have submitted files to the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can get their names through the Ancestral File on the FamilySearch computer. All you need to do is look up your common ancestors in the Ancestral File.

Make sure to check photo albums, scrapbooks, diaries, and family Bibles at home. Look particularly close at pictures of large family gatherings. See the topic Finding information at home for more information.

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