Was Elvis Welsh? How to Begin Tracing your Family History
A few tips to start with <ul><li>Talk to living relatives </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what others have discovered </li></ul...
Google Your Family History
Wikipedia <ul><li>Early years (1935–53)   Childhood in Tupelo </li></ul><ul><li>Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935,...
Wikipedia <ul><li>Presley's ancestry was primarily a Western European mix: On his mother's side, he was  Scots-Irish , wit...
 
 
 
Based on surname evidence what are the chances of a connection?
Four Generations of Presley Ancestors <ul><li>Paternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Presley </li></ul><ul><li>Wesson </li></ul><...
Four Generations of Presley Ancestors <ul><li>Paternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Presley </li></ul><ul><li>Wesson </li></ul><...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ORIGINAL RECORDS
Typical Records <ul><li>US Census 1790-1930 (1940 available 2012) </li></ul><ul><li>Vital records: birth, marriage and dea...
Vernon & Minnie M. Presley 1920
Although the father’s name does not seem to match consider the other evidence
 
Although the parents of Jesse & Minnie are not present we get their birthplaces
It is critical to note the source information
Details requested and reported change so find your family in each census
Online Family History Sources <ul><li>FamilySearch  https://www.familysearch.org/   </li></ul><ul><li>largest free collect...
 
There is more than the main search to this site!
 
Elvis Presley’s Ancestors
Another way to display ancestry
Use a research log & add notes
Use a research log & add notes
Use a research log & add notes
Use a research log & add notes
To be successful in tracing a family history <ul><li>Ask for help. </li></ul><ul><li>Work from the known to unknown. </li>...
Conclusion <ul><li>Internet searches, so far, provide nothing that links directly to a Presely family connection with Wale...
Just one more question…
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  • 1. The internet is more likely to have information on your family history the further back in time you go. 2. Trust in the accuracy is a consideration that you should keep in mind. Wikipedia is generally quite an accurate source.
  • http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/elvis-presley/index.htm#toc By scrolling to the bottom of this page you find that the information was prepared by Rhonda R. McClure (a professional genealogist) and posted on 16 January 2003.
  • Source citations give at least a small indication of credibility. Information with no citations at all may be accurate but it will take much more effort to verify.
  • The date a search was conducted is important, especially for online sources that may be updated periodically.
  • There must be enough information that another person can easily find the same information.
  • Record positive and negative search results.
  • Record positive and negative search results.
  • Every answer reveals additional questions. That makes family history research an enjoyable journey.
  • Was Elvis Welsh: How to Begin Tracing Your Family History

    1. 1. Was Elvis Welsh? How to Begin Tracing your Family History
    2. 2. A few tips to start with <ul><li>Talk to living relatives </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what others have discovered </li></ul><ul><li>Work from the known to the unknown </li></ul><ul><li>Kill off your ancestor </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of what you search and the results </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help </li></ul>
    3. 3. Google Your Family History
    4. 4. Wikipedia <ul><li>Early years (1935–53) Childhood in Tupelo </li></ul><ul><li>Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi , to 18-year-old Vernon Elvis and 22-year-old Gladys Love Presley. [5] In the two-room shotgun house built by his father in readiness for the birth, Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered 35 minutes before him, stillborn . As an only child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an unusually tight bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God church. [6] </li></ul>
    5. 5. Wikipedia <ul><li>Presley's ancestry was primarily a Western European mix: On his mother's side, he was Scots-Irish , with some French Norman ; one of Gladys's great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee . [7] b His father's forebears were of Scottish [8] or German [9] origin. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family. </li></ul>
    6. 9. Based on surname evidence what are the chances of a connection?
    7. 10. Four Generations of Presley Ancestors <ul><li>Paternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Presley </li></ul><ul><li>Wesson </li></ul><ul><li>Warren </li></ul><ul><li>Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Hood </li></ul><ul><li>Maternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Mansell </li></ul><ul><li>Gilmore </li></ul><ul><li>Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Tackett </li></ul>
    8. 11. Four Generations of Presley Ancestors <ul><li>Paternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Presley </li></ul><ul><li>Wesson </li></ul><ul><li>Warren </li></ul><ul><li>Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Hood </li></ul><ul><li>Maternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Mansell </li></ul><ul><li>Gilmore </li></ul><ul><li>Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Tackett </li></ul>
    9. 20. ORIGINAL RECORDS
    10. 21. Typical Records <ul><li>US Census 1790-1930 (1940 available 2012) </li></ul><ul><li>Vital records: birth, marriage and death </li></ul><ul><li>Obituaries </li></ul><ul><li>Cemetery records </li></ul><ul><li>Taxation </li></ul><ul><li>Land and property </li></ul><ul><li>Military </li></ul><ul><li>Probate </li></ul>
    11. 22. Vernon & Minnie M. Presley 1920
    12. 23. Although the father’s name does not seem to match consider the other evidence
    13. 25. Although the parents of Jesse & Minnie are not present we get their birthplaces
    14. 26. It is critical to note the source information
    15. 27. Details requested and reported change so find your family in each census
    16. 28. Online Family History Sources <ul><li>FamilySearch https://www.familysearch.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>largest free collection of records & help </li></ul><ul><li>Google http://www.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>another free resource with loads of recent info </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Fee based site, excellent census records & index, use it for free at a FamilySearch center </li></ul>
    17. 30. There is more than the main search to this site!
    18. 32. Elvis Presley’s Ancestors
    19. 33. Another way to display ancestry
    20. 34. Use a research log & add notes
    21. 35. Use a research log & add notes
    22. 36. Use a research log & add notes
    23. 37. Use a research log & add notes
    24. 38. To be successful in tracing a family history <ul><li>Ask for help. </li></ul><ul><li>Work from the known to unknown. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of searches you do. </li></ul><ul><li>Document the source of information found so you can retrace your steps. </li></ul><ul><li>Share what you find with others. </li></ul>
    25. 39. Conclusion <ul><li>Internet searches, so far, provide nothing that links directly to a Presely family connection with Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Surname evidence shows that three of nine surnames in the Presley four generation pedigree were present in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>More research and documentation is needed </li></ul>
    26. 40. Just one more question…
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