1. What is genealogy
Genealogy is the research on ancesters. It can be the descent traced continuously from an ancestor, pedigree. It also is the study of pedigrees.
There are several ways to model and to present the research. Best known are descent tabels in paternal line. Here you have all the male descendants of an ancestor. In a pedigree one finds all the descedants of an ancestor. Furthermore there are "kwartierstaten". Here one starts with a person and goes searching for the parents of the parents, of the parents, etcetera more and more back in time. So you get a person, his 2 parents, his 4 grandparents, his 16 great-grandparents and so on.
3. Where to search
The national archives and the archives of the municipalities are very important places with sources of information. The churches are important and wellknown sources for data. But there are also a lot of other less know places.
Notarial acts, military lists, information of courts of justice, roles of crews of ships and more modern announces in newspapers.
More and more of these institutes can be visted on line. In the future it will be less necessary to do research on location.
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