Starting a Genealogy Project – VitalChek Infographic

In June 8, 2019

Starting a Genealogy Project – Family Tree Research

With the gradual increase in use of at home DNA kits, its no surprise that more and more people are becoming interested in starting a genealogy project. To be honest, it’s a really fun hobby to get in to! From just wanting to learn where your family hails from, to the search for long lost relatives, starting a genealogy project can find you some great new discoveries and expand your family.

Believe it or not, getting started is the easy part. It’s once you get a few generations back that you might start hitting road blocks. Sometimes vital records and documents may be incomplete, and you’ll need to do a little digging to move forward with your research. If you need some help on what sort of documents you might want to look for in your research, you can read our blog about helpful documents to have on hand here. Sometimes, traveling to official vital records offices may be required if older documents haven’t been digitized.

starting a genealogy project
starting a genealogy project

Optimizing Your Family Tree – Find the Information You Need

When putting together your family history, documentation is key. Make sure you stay organized and document your findings. If you’re using a site like, you’ll find lots of resources and tools to help you keep track of your journey. If you happened to utilize a DNA kit, you can also upload your findings and share them through the site if you so choose.

Sometimes kicking off your family tree means starting right at home, so if you’d like to keep your records complete from the very start, having official copies of your own vital records might be a great place to start. Good luck in filling out your family tree! Let us know what fun things you discover!


  1. I never received my birth certificate it’s been over 3 weeks she’s coming from Illinois to Las Vegas I need Jeffrey last name m u s t a r i I paid $47 I need my birth certificate to get my license I’ve been waiting and waiting it’s been over 3 weeks call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX thank you very much ASAP please.

    1. Hello Jeffrey. We are sorry to hear that you haven’t received your birth certificate order yet. I have forwarded your information on to one of our customer service specialists who will look into this and contact you. We apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced. If you wish to contact us, the quickest way to contact us is by private message at You will usually get a response in a matter of minutes. In addition to the number provided on your confirmation email, you can also call us at 800-255-2414 or email us at

  2. dear vital documents:
    I’ve been dealing with quite a dilemma, it seems that I have two Identifications. You see my name is Jonathan Kelly, but they call me Armando, of which it’s derived from my second birth certificate. I received my second birth certificate when I was 4 years old and I received my first birth certificate when I was only 2 weeks old. I don’t know much of my first birth cert. , nore have I ever met my mother. I don’t have pic. i.d. but know some info on my birth cert. how do I go about to receive a copy of my original birth certificate. I really want to know if my birth cert. is in the system and/or is it registered to my social sec. number.
    Lost identification,
    Jonathan Kelly

    1. Hello. If you were legally adopted, your original birth documents may have been sealed by the court system. Depending on the state you were born in, you might be required to petition the court to have the documents unsealed.

  3. hello. I need the birth certificate of a person born in the year 1893 in philadelphia.Where can I get it? thanks for your help.ale de argentina.

    1. Hello. Please click here to visit the PA Dept of Health website for more information on how to obtain older records.

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