Maybe I’m a little late on this, but I discovered a beautiful way to display a family tree and I really like it! Last week I purchased a new app for my Mac to assist me in organizing my basic genealogy information and to my surprise there was a “fan chart.” Prior to that, I was unaware of this type of chart. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I always preferred the “pedigree” style, well, that is until I saw the fan chart!
Many individuals who do family genealogy know that connecting with family is important. However, some are reluctant to do this. From my own experience I can tell you that I have had the most amazing experiences connecting with family members online. Yes, I have had many emails go without responses, messages apparently ignored, incorrect email addresses returned, and replies similar to “I’m not related” to your family. I’ve had message board inquiries sit for months and years with no response. However, mixed in with those experiences, I have had replies that changed my life!
Now that you have found the West Virginia Division of Culture & History‘s website and their database to search (see Part 1 of my series here) you are ready to investigate your family!
I have put together the following tips, tricks, and advice for searching The State of West Virginia’s The Vital Research Records below. I hope these help you in your search!
This week has been very interesting in my genealogy quest! I have recently picked up my family notes, found a few old family pictures, reconnected with family members (new and old), discovered a 3rd cousin of my great grandmother, updated a few Find A Grave memorials, started a blog, and so much more!
Whew! What a long strange trip it’s been! I can’t wait to see what next week holds for me! I think I’m going to connect this blog with an older one I started.
Take care and happy searching! Shake those trees – you never know what you will uncover!