Some know very little about where they come from, some know a bit about their ancestors and some may think they know a lot. However, many would be surprised just how many resources are available locally to help dig deeper into the past.
The Christian County Library has an impressive collection of resources under their roof; from court records, to birth and marriage records and obituaries.
Depending on the amount of resources available, some families can be traced right back to the American Revolution.
"We're going to have those old records that you can't find anywhere else, and if they're not there, then we lose touch with that history," said Katy Pattison, Assistant Director of the Christian County Library.
Tuesday night, starting at 6 p.m., the library is teaming up with the Isaac Garrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to help anyone who is interested learn more about their genealogy.
Volunteers will be on hand to help start the journey that can be compared to piecing together a large puzzle.
"It's like a jigsaw puzzle and you're always looking for the corner piece, with the little weird squirrely thing with the little piece of red on it," said Marilyn Dexter, of the DAR. "And you're always looking for that one more piece."
The amount of resources and documents available vary from person to person and bloodline to bloodline. Oftentimes, tracking down an ancestor who lived between 1810 and 1849 can be difficult, as many settlers were moving west during that time and records were often lost or not documented at all.
Taneesa Hall, Executive Secretary at the Christian County Library, said technology makes genealogy more accessible. But while online resources are convenient, they should be treated solely as clues and not fact. Just like with many websites, everything found online must be verified.
A census, a will, land records and birth and death records are all considered good documentation and can back up anything you discover online.
"What is out there that I can find and what can I unearth? Because you never know when you're going to find something - the next piece of the puzzle," Hall said.
The workshop is free and open to the public. The library asks that you call in advance if you plan to attend so the DAR volunteers can be prepared. You can contact the Christian County Library at 471-581-2432.