I began my search by trying to ask relatives. My problem was that as far as I knew I had no living Offutt blood relatives.
My great-aunt by marriage was able to get me started, but after that the search would prove to be both difficult and time
consuming. Genealogy is a lot like detective work. One has to look for and then evaluate clues, hoping to follow the correct
Always remember that while researching, different documents may provide clues that will later prove helpful.
Or they may provide information that contradicts what you thought you knew for fact.
Keep an open mind and don't
Here's a helpful link:
National Archives and Records Administration Web Site:
Be sure to evaluate the source of your information. Remember, you can't believe everything you read!
everyone has two family names: your father's, but also your mother's. Don't feel you must restrict your research to just your
paternal family tree.
Also remember that there may be more than one possible family crest, or none at all.