Collecting Dead Relatives and Sometimes a Live Cousin and My Family Tree is Lost in the Forest are just some of the catchy slogans found printed on the shirts of genealogy enthusiasts. These avid researchers are looking to fill the holes in their family trees. Its work that most have been at for decades.
My wife and I wanted to get started finding our lost relatives, but we didnt know where to begin. She had a binder full of information that one of her relatives had put together, but other than that, we were the ones who were lost.
We started by going to the Genealogy library at Brigham Young Universitys Harold B. Lee Library, but you can also do this online.
The first step to finding your lost relatives is to download all the information that has already been compiled. We did this by using the Ancestral File database that is indexed at the worlds largest genealogy library, The Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. We remotely accessed the database and first found my wifes records. We saw on her pedigree chart that some relatives had already compiled information on her mothers line, but her fathers line was empty. After downloading my wifes...