Discover Your Family Heritage

 This summer are you attending an annual family reunion? Family reunions are an excellent opportunity to discover your family heritage.

Where to begin? Talk to your family elders first. They know all about your parents, grandparents, and other family members. Use a recorder to capture their knowledge of names, birthplaces, ethnic backgrounds, education, military service, and locations of burials. You may get clarification on stories that you have heard or even hear a new family story.

Gather information and document your family tree from other relatives. They may possess important information through scrapbooks, family bibles, letters, and old photographs. Have them fill out a questionnaire with questions pertaining to their family. After exploring your family's heritage, you can preserve and treasure it for future generations.

And don't forget to visit the St. Louis Public Library! We have resources to look up ancestors and family history information. We also offer genealogical materials, including books and publications.

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Discover your roots! The answers to all your genealogy questions in one place! This convenient, time-saving collection of genealogy hacks gathers the best resources, tips, lists, and need-to-know facts from the experts at Family Tree Magazine. Inside, you'll find fast facts about a variety of family history topics, such as important dates in US history, the different kinds of DNA tests, and how to use the best genealogy websites.

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But, Zimmer writes, "Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are—our appearance, our height, our penchants—in inconceivably subtle ways."

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Unlock the Secrets of Your Old Family Photos! Historical family photos are cherished heirlooms that offer a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But the images, and the stories behind them, often fade away as decades pass - the who, when, where and why behind the photos are lost. In this book, photo identification expert and genealogist Maureen A. Taylor shows you how to study the clues in your old family photos to put names to faces and recapture their lost stories.

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In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species—births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away—until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew.

Music for your Family Reunion

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