If one is a Brahmin, how can he trace his ancestors back to say 3-4 generations through gotra (lineage) of atri?

  • Associated with each Gotra is one or more sets of Pravaras, which are sets of rishis that a Brahmin belonging to that Gotra belong to. I say "one or more", because sometimes Gotras have multiple branches. In any case, the Pravaras will only provide like two or three descendants of Atri that you're descended from. It doesn't list every single person you're descended from. – Keshav Srinivasan Apr 11 '16 at 19:28
  • Many families have a vamsha vriksham (family tree). You can ask the oldest person in your family about it whether there is one in your family. – Sarvabhouma Apr 12 '16 at 4:26
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    As already advised by Shri Charan above, many families maintain their family trees in places like Haridwar. This is usually done when one goes for performing last rites of a family member in Haridwar and to pour the ashes in River Ganga there. However, this can be done at any time. There one has to search for the person with whom his family has kept his family tree records. The person then can ask for the existing details or addition or modification of any family members details like date of birth or date of expiration, addition of names and birth date of new members in the family, etc. – Aby Apr 12 '16 at 10:55
  • If you are a North Indian brahmin, there is a strong possibility that your family tree is also maintained in Haridwar. Check with the older members of your family. – Aby Apr 12 '16 at 10:57
  • @Aby - Yes , and also one can find his family tree in "Kashi" .The pandya people over there have very old hand written books , in that all the records are kept. – SwiftPushkar Sep 30 '16 at 7:51

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