I have been tracing my family tree for a couple of years. What was originally going to be a little project has escalated and is now something that I love. I wanted to share with you how I came to start tracing my ancestors and give some pointers to anyone who would like to do the same. I will start with the building blocks and move on to tips and resources and hints on ways that you can expand your tree by thinking outside the box. I became interested in genealogy by chance. After the tragic loss of several family members I decided to make a scrapbook of our family history that I could pass on to my children to give them a sense of their heritage.