Genealogy, also known as family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demostrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.
The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to perserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.
Research Wise County History for towns and communities that are gone but not forgotten. If you have a family, town, or community that you would like the Historical Society to research, you may send the query to Wise County Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 427 Decatur, Texas 76234 or our email address: [email protected] The museum offers a research service where you may come and do research yourself.