Genealogy Boot Camp Session 1


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  • Do not use numbers to refer to months. This can cause confusion. Instead, use standard month abbreviations.
  • Check with cemetery office as well. Use Dates to obtain death and birth certificates.
  • Timeline 26 Dec 1868 - Evangelical Swedish Lutheran Mission Association congregation organized. (Note: Several name changes) 1869 - First edifice built at 280 N. Franklin Street. 1871 - Chicago Fire Church rebuilt at same location after fire. 1887 - Built large church at Whiting and Orleans st. 1926 - Moved to new chapel at N. Artesian and Albion Ave. 1946 - New sanctuary completed. 1951 - Commemorative plate produced. 1887 - 1941 - First Mission Covenant Church
  • Genealogy Boot Camp Session 1

    1. 1. Genealogy Boot Camp Session One: Family Sources
    2. 2. Four Sessions <ul><li>Getting Started with Family Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Using Census Records </li></ul><ul><li>Using Vital Records </li></ul><ul><li>Where Do I Go From Here? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Genealogy Starts with You! <ul><li>Start with Yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Record what you know. </li></ul><ul><li>Enlist the help of family members. </li></ul><ul><li>Be skeptical. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for clues in family papers. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and search available records. </li></ul><ul><li>Record and document your research. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Recording Data Using Charts & Forms Getting Organized
    5. 5. Recording What You Know <ul><li>Family Group Sheets </li></ul><ul><li>Pedigree Charts </li></ul><ul><li>Biographical Timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Genealogical Software </li></ul>
    6. 9. Genealogy Software
    7. 10. About Recording Names <ul><li>Types of Names </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Given Name: Name given to an individual at birth or baptism. (Usually the first name.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surname: A person’s family name. (Usually the last name.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maiden Name: The surname a woman has at birth before she marries. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Order of Names </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Given Name SURNAME </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert ALVEY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hint: Record surnames in all uppercase letters for clarity and at-a-glance viewing . </li></ul>
    8. 11. Recording Women’s Names <ul><ul><li>Always use maiden names on genealogical charts and forms: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sue Ann JOHNSON </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If a woman was married before she married into your family: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sue Ann ( JOHNSON) SMITH </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record both her maiden name and her former married name </li></ul></ul>
    9. 12. Other Name Challenges <ul><li>Nicknames – Record nicknames in quotes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Norman Gray “Joe” NEWTON </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>James Glenial “Red” NEWTON </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Name Changes – Record in chronological order. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John BEINBRECH/BONEBRAKE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Martin OLSEN/KORSTAD/KARSTED </li></ul></ul>
    10. 13. Recording Dates <ul><li>Order of Dates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day Month Year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 January 1869 or 15 Jan 1869 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Format of Dates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1952 - not ‘52 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>December or Dec. - not 12 </li></ul></ul>
    11. 14. Recording Approximate Dates <ul><li>ca. (Circa) or abt. (About) </li></ul><ul><li>bet. (Between) </li></ul><ul><li>aft. (After) </li></ul><ul><li>bef. (Before) </li></ul>
    12. 15. Using Other Abbreviations <ul><li>b. (born) </li></ul><ul><li>d. (died) </li></ul><ul><li>m. (married) </li></ul><ul><li>nr. (near) </li></ul><ul><li>prob. (probably) </li></ul>
    13. 16. Recording Places <ul><li>Order of Places </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From the smallest unit to the largest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City or town or township/county/state. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chicago, Cook County, Illinois </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowe Twp., Moultrie Co., Illinois </li></ul></ul>Hint: Always include the county where an event occurred. Don’t know the county? Try
    14. 17. Class Activity Get Started on Your Family Group Sheet
    15. 18. Gather & Copy Family Records, Photographs & Heirlooms
    16. 19. Wedding Invitation
    17. 20. Original Marriage Certificate
    18. 21. Invitation to a Wedding Anniversary
    19. 22. Baptismal Certificate
    20. 23. Decorative Wall Hanging Commemorating a Marriage
    21. 24. Telegram announcing the birth of a child
    22. 25. Postcard of Church in Oliva, West Prussia
    23. 26. Postcard sent from Oliva, West Prussia to Chicago, Illinois
    24. 27. Gravestones
    25. 28. Funeral Prayer Card
    26. 29. Funeral Guest Book
    27. 30. Church Plates
    28. 31. On the Back of Furniture? This little chest belonged in the household of my grandfather’s mother. My grandfather was George Coulson. His sister took it to boarding school with her and kept her stockings it. - Katherine (Sanderson) Smith
    29. 32. Family “Notes”
    30. 33. Personal Letters
    31. 34. Business Cards
    32. 35. Other Possible Family Sources <ul><li>Birth and death certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Birth announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Old photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Address Books </li></ul><ul><li>Diplomas </li></ul><ul><li>Church Service Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Old letters and envelopes </li></ul><ul><li>Passports </li></ul><ul><li>Diaries </li></ul><ul><li>Family bibles </li></ul><ul><li>Yearbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Wills </li></ul><ul><li>Jewelry </li></ul><ul><li>Quilts </li></ul><ul><li>Samplers </li></ul>
    33. 36. Analyzing Family Papers Critical Thinking with Direct and Indirect Evidence
    34. 37. Examining Documents <ul><li>Direct Evidence - information is explicitly stated without need for analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Indirect Evidence - information requires additional documentation or analysis to draw a conclusion. </li></ul>
    35. 38. Newspaper Clipping Indirect Evidence: Mrs. Kellman’s maiden name was probably Levander. Mr. and Mrs. Kellman were married around mid April of 1910. Mr and Mrs. Kellman and Miss Levander died after April 19, 1935 Direct Evidence: Mrs. Kellman’s sister is Miss Levander of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Kellman celebrated a 25 th wedding anniversary.
    36. 39. Obituary from Fraternal Organization Newsletter Indirect Evidence: He must have immigrated sometime between May 8, 1884 and Oct. 24, 1906. Direct Evidence: He was born on May 8, 1884 in Jonkopings, Sweden. He became a member of Yngve Lodge in 1906.
    37. 40. Citizenship Papers Indirect Evidence: Immigrated sometime before Feb 24 1894 Direct Evidence: Charley Levander declared his intent to become a citizen on 24 Feb 1896.
    38. 41. Direct Evidence: William Bandel died on 20 Apr 1908 He lived for 72yrs, 11mo, and 10 days Indirect Evidence: William Bandel was born on 10 May 1835
    39. 42. Birth Date Calculator
    40. 43. Class Activity Wedding invitation analysis
    41. 44. Basics of Citing Family Sources <ul><li>Identify the type of item (i.e. scrapbook, quilt, letter, newspaper clipping) </li></ul><ul><li>Description of the item. </li></ul><ul><li>Current or last known owner & location. </li></ul><ul><li>History of origin and ownership of item. </li></ul>
    42. 45. Homework <ul><li>Bring a family source and extract all the information you can from it. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in what you can on your family group sheet and pedigree chart. </li></ul>