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  • 1. U3A Genealogy July 2013
  • 2. First time with us? • Any new members today? • Please introduce yourself and tell the Group where you have got to in researching your ancestors.....
  • 3. Welcome • Welcome • Blog update, have a look at: • http://rodneysgenealogyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ • Stuff from me • Father Joe Walsh • Stuff from you!
  • 4. Rodney is moving • Family reasons, Head back closer to kids and grandkids • House has now been sold, a new house has just been purchased • Finished as President of the Rotary Club of Rushden at the end of June • Likely to move away in September • If you wish the Group to continue........ • Are there any volunteers for Group Leader?
  • 5. Write down What you know Talk to Relatives Look at Family Records Plan your Research Discover What sources available Keep effective records Births Marriages Deaths Censuses Parish Records Delve into Ancestors lives Other sources Wills START
  • 6. Your Information Find it Yourself Known Relatives Information Ask them New relatives Information Genes Reunited BMD Information Census Information Parish Registers Information Other Sources Of Information
  • 7. CENSUSES CIVIL BMD RECORDS About 1840 PARISH RECORDS GENES REUNITED GENUKI , FHS, GOONS, ETC GOOGLE, ROOTSWEB and OTHER LISTS Ancestry.co.uk LDS 1881 Findmypast.com FreeBMD Ancestry Findmypast.com UKBMD Local BMD sites LDS Microfiche LDS Family Search
  • 8. FindmyPast
  • 9. FindmyPast
  • 10. FindmyPast
  • 11. FindmyPast
  • 12. Chichester Consistory Wills 1482- 1800 available online • The jurisdiction of the Consistory Court extended over the whole of the Archdeaconry of Chichester, comprising the Deaneries of Arundel, Boxgrove, Midhurst, and Storrington, and thus covered the western part of the County of Sussex. The index to over 22,100 wills recorded in the Consistory Court of Chichester 1482-1800 is now available to search on the National Wills Index. This index - originally published in 1915 as British Record Society Volume 49 - includes names of testator / testatrix, place, often occupation and document reference, which will help you locate the original document at West Sussex Record Office.
  • 13. How Do you Research? • The following is an article by Dick Eastman, well-known American Family History Researcher and Blogger • The article uses US examples, but the message applies to UK research just as much • A phrase often used relating to searching for ancestors is “Less is More” and that is a key part of Dick’s message
  • 14. How Do you Research? • Employees at all the major online genealogy database providers spend a lot of time and effort watching how users perform searches on the site and analyzing the results. The purpose is to learn and to make future adjustments to the site to improve search capabilities. Those who monitor and analyze users say they have noticed that genealogy newcomers typically perform searches in a very different manner than do the "old pros." I suspect the experienced users typically end up with more productive results, although no statistics are available to prove that assumption.
  • 15. How Do you Research? • Genealogy newcomers typically search everything at once. For instance, when looking for records on a particular ancestor, newbies typically enter the person's name into the search field and then search through everything at once. If the person has a rather unusual name, that might work. However, most of the time, the newcomer receives hundreds or even thousands of "hits," can't filter out the ones of interest, loses interest, and then goes elsewhere. • In contrast, the experienced genealogists usually FIRST search for the smallest piece of the many databases as possible.
  • 16. How Do you Research? • For instance, the more experienced user will generally enter the name of interest, then perhaps specify only one database (such as the census records for one year), specify only one county, and any other parameters available to narrow the search as much as possible. If the search is unsuccessful and doesn't produce the information needed, the experienced user then expands the search just a little bit and tries again. For instance, he or she might add in the previous census or the following census, then search a second time. If unsuccessful this time, the experienced genealogist might start a third search by adding in the adjacent counties. And so on and so on.
  • 17. How Do you Research? • Bit by bit, the experienced genealogist typically expands the search by a small amount each time. All of the search parameters are based upon what the genealogist already knows about the person of interest. Did he likely live in Monroe County? If so, there is no need to search the entire USA at once. Did he serve in the Civil War? If so, there is no need to search for records prior to 1820 and probably not prior to 1830 (on the first search) as he probably wasn't born yet. (Most Civil War soldiers were under the age of 30 although there were numerous exceptions. Very few were 40 years old or older.)
  • 18. How Do you Research? • By focusing the first searches on as narrow a geographic area as possible and as narrow a time range as possible, you greatly increase the odds of finding the one person you seek. If unsuccessful in your search, broaden the search area a bit and the years of interest and try again. • I suspect the experienced genealogists have far better results with their online searches than do the newcomers who jump in and search everything, everywhere, at once. Which would you prefer: finding one or two people with your ancestor's name, located in the area where he or she lived, in the years he or she lived there? Or will you find 100 men or women across the country with the same name?
  • 19. Father Joe Walsh.... • All of the files for each of the branches of the family have been taken from the old application on the netbook and placed in a single file within the Legacy system loaded onto his laptop. • It was not possible to search for duplicates to bring the family groupings together using the facilities within Legacy due to the lack of information, especially dates, in individual entries. • The different family groupings within the Legacy system can be linked together when more information is available.
  • 20. Finally......... • Any other Brick Walls for the Group to look at? • Anything that you would like us to look at in future meetings? • Anything else you would like to say?