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Dear Ms. Williams,
Thank you for contacting History Hub!
The best place to start for researching your ancestry is to talk to living family members. They may be able to provide names, dates, and locations of where your ancestors lived and worked. This would be a good start to your family tree.
We suggest you then take that information and try searching the U.S. Census records. They are a great resource for providing names, approximate birth dates and locations, occupations, and residence.
Once you have a basic foundation for names, dates, and locations, you can begin to work your way back through generations. It is always helpful to track down actual vital records (birth, marriage, death records) from state archives and repositories. These records can provide a wealth of information to aid you in your research.
The National Archives has a website that can help you get started in your research: https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research. We also suggest visiting Ancestry (available for a fee, but free to use at NARA locations) and FamilySearch (available for free) for additional assistance.
Best of luck in your research!