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Begin at the beginning. This is a very basic class on how to start tracing your family history. This class is made for anyone who would like to start working on their genealogy. Also for anyone would ...

Begin at the beginning. This is a very basic class on how to start tracing your family history. This class is made for anyone who would like to start working on their genealogy. Also for anyone would like to get the work that they have already done organized in order to continue their research.

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  • Starting your Family Tree A course for beginning genealogists. This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • Contact Information – Tel. 581-2432; Email [email_address]
    • Please feel free to ask questions or ask me to repeat or slow down
    • We will not cover any advanced research techniques
    • We will cover how to begin to research your ancestors and history
    This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Library Community Courses
  • This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • Keep organized
    • Document everything
    • Use standard abbreviations
    • Use as many sources as possible
    • Keep records of where you look even if you find nothing
    Things To Remember
  • This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. “ The Kit” Notebook Binder or file folder Interview Sheets Pencils and Pens Tape recorder Camera Charcoal or black crayons Plain white paper Bug spray Roll of quarters Dollar bills Map
  • Begin at the beginning This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Your family history starts with you!
  • This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • Birth certificate
    • School records
    • Church documents
    • Photo albums
    • Scrapbooks
    • Ask your parents
    • Where have you lived?
    • Where have you worked?
    • Get a copy of your SS-5 form (Social Security application)
    Prove you exist
  • Is there anyone else? This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Is anyone in your family already researching your family tree? Will they be willing to share their information with you?
  • Gathering Information
    • Interviews
    • Local Library
    • Local Historical Society
    • Internet
    • Other Places
    This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • The Interview Process This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Tip: Always remember to be polite when conducting an interview. You are going to be asking some personal questions. You need to remember that and be sensitive to their feelings.
  • Who do I interview?
    • All relatives starting with the oldest
      • YOURSELF!
      • Parents
      • Grandparents
      • Uncles
      • Aunts
    This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • Your Local Library or Historical society This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. What kinds of materials are available?
  • This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • Census
    • Local Newspapers
    • Other Local records
    • Family history books
    • Platt books
    • Cemetery Records
    • Marriage records
    • Personal Property Tax records
  • This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Ye Olde Handwriting When looking at old records, remember that the handwriting may be a chore to decipher. Let’s look at examples on the following web page. Deciphering Old Handwriting - From a genealogy course taught by Sabina J. Murray http://amberskyline.com/treasuremaps/oldhand.html
  • Internet Resources This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • US GenWeb Project
    • http://usgenweb.org/
    • RootsWeb
    • http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
    • Cyndi’s List
    • http://www.cyndislist.com/
    • Ancestry (subscription only)
    • http://www.ancestrylibrary.com/
    • Heritage Quest (subscription only)
    • http://www.heritagequestonline.com/
  • Other places to look This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • Court House
    • Funeral Homes
    • Cemeteries
    • Church Records
    • Family Bible
  • When Researching
    • Some information is not available either through destruction or because of privacy laws
    • Place names change, Borders are moved, Places are lost
    • Writing is sometimes hard to decipher and not always spelled correctly or even the same way twice
    • Ask for help
    • Share if someone asks
    This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • Thank you for coming
    • Feel free to repeat this class or sign up for other classes at the circulation desk
    Questions ?