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First Steps


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Discover your family history

First Discovery
Tracing your family history is an adventure — an expedition to discover where you came from and to learn about your ancestors.

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Discover Your Family History

Family Explorer will show you how easy and entertaining tracing your family history can be. Family history is a story of heroes and cowards! It includes adventure, drudgery, violence, tenderness, and thousands of yet-to-be-written stories about the unconquerable human spirit. These tales are not about fictitious characters, but about real people — your family.

Spending a moment now to record information about your family will help preserve the memories for generations. You can also collect old papers and photos to add to these memories. The valuable information you gather can be presented in beautiful family trees and books for your whole family to see.

How you can use your family history

Explore family legends
Prepare for a family reunion
Pass history on to your children
Protect old papers and photos
Create beautiful family trees


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