Goals Organize your research Important tasks done first Basic research books Basic websites Basic forms
Twenty-five Steps Five things to do NOW Five books Five websites Five forms Five directions
Five things to do NOW Interview living relatives (including yourself) Centralize all your information Set-up a consistent filing system Digitize and backup it up (copy offsite) Locate local historical/genealogical society/library
Interviews Write your own stories down Make an appointment Make a list of questions to ask Begin on time and end on time Sensitive to the use of equipment Ask open-ended questions How did you meet your husband? Object-based questions Photographs, heirlooms
Photographs & Heirlooms Take pictures of heirloom items, record info Identify photographs Who? When? What? Why? Digitize Camera Scanner
Centralize Your Information Photographs, Documents, Notes Sort by Surname Couple Chronological Order File papers Binder with sheet protectors Scan everythiwng into computer/cloud Date_AboutWho_WhatItIs 1870_KirbyMartin_NZBirthCert
Filing System Binder vs. Computer or both? Binder advantages Portable Easy to see Binder disadvantages Can become heavy and cumbersome to carry Can be lost or ruined Computer advantages Automated chronology Find holes in research Easy to change information Scans can be imported and attached to info in program Computer program disadvantages Backups needed No fun to enter research Combination can work
Get a Baseline of Information Enter everything into your GCP (“Genealogy Computer Program”) Updated Family Group sheet(s) Updated Pedigree chart(s) Updated Timeline
Digitize and Back It Up Weather happens Natural disasters happen Divorces happen Electronic files Google Drive The Next Generation Genealogy Sitebuilding Flash drives Picasaweb
A Word About Sourcing Who it’s about What it says When the event happened Where the event happened MAKE SURE YOU CAN FIND IT AGAIN Or that the next researcher can Mastering Genealogical Proof, Thomas W. Jones Who/What/When/WhereIS/WhereIN
Network & Learn Association of Professional Genealogists National Genealogical Society Federation of Genealogical Societies Board of Certification of Genealogists Local/regional genealogical societies
Five Books You Need inYour Personal Library
Five Books Ancestry’s Red Book Map Guide to the 1790-1920 Census Reading Early American Handwriting Evidence! or Evidence Explained The Hidden Half of the Family
Ancestry’s Red Book• Map of Counties for each state•When established/parent counties•Beginning dates of:•Land records•Court records•Probate records•History of each state•Vital records•Census records: federal and state•Special census schedules•Agricultural•Industry•Mortality•Slave schedules•Union Veterans•Background sources•Cemetery, church, military records•Periodicals, newspapers andmanuscripts•Special focus groups
Ancestry’s Red Book Census Records – New Hampshire: Population Schedules: 1790-1930 available with index/soundex Industry and Agricultural Schedules 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Mortality Schedules 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Union Veterans Schedules 1890
Additional Census Information Par t of 1800 and 1820 census records no longer inexistence Towns in Rockingham County in 1800 NOT includedare: Atkinson, GREENLAND, Hampton, HamptonFalls, Londonderry, Northampton, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, Seabrook, Stratham, and Windham. Important to READ the ENTIRE section
Map Guide to 1790-1920…•County boundary changes•For all states•For all census years 1790 to1920•For territories includingIndian lands and otherland purchases•Looking for ancestorsand cannot find them –check to make sure you’rein the right county.
Reading Early AmericanHandwriting•Court Hand•Boilerplate for legal documents•Weird words•L.S. = Locus Sigilli (place of theseal)•SS = Supra Scriptum (as writtenabove), looks like ff when written•Not to be confused with ff as inMasfachusetts where second “f” isactually an “s”•Sample Alphabets and Handwriting•Sample transcriptions of legaldocuments
The Hidden Half of the Family•State Information including•Important dates in history•Marriage and Divorce (recordkeeping, laws, where the records are)•Property and Inheritance (women’slegal status in each state)•Suffrage (voting rights)•Citizenship•Census Information•Other events affecting women’s legalstatus•Resources for women’s history.•Read. The. Introduction.
Sourcing:Evidence! or Evidence Explained
Five Websites Ancestry.com AmericanAncestors.org (NEHGS) FamilySearch.org Wiki.FamilySearch.org Findagrave.com
FindAGrave.comSearch forindividualsSearch forfamous/infamousSearch for sitesSign up for “cooltools!”
Five Forms Pedigree Chart Family Group Sheet Individual Timeline Records Checklist Military Checklist NB: No predesigned record forms
Family Group Sheet By couple Includes children, parents, spouses Birth, marriage, death Religious sacraments Burial information See at a glance family information
Timeline Date Age Event Place Source Finding large holes in your research Child bearing years Additional spouses, etc.
Five Directions to Go(Traditional Focus) Work all family lines back to 1800 Publish a history of a surname from an immigrantforward to today “All of my Civil War ancestors” “All of my Revolutionary War Ancestors” My Anderson Family
ARTsignment Bonus - Focus Grab a piece of paper and some markers, crayons, pens Draw a tree Draw a shape at the bottom for your name Draw two shapes above that for your parents Draw two shapes above your mother for her parents, do the same for yourfather Draw two shapes above each of your grandparents for their parents Fill in the names that you know, find out the ones that you don’t As you read the names, what image or images come to mind for you for each?In art history, we would call these attributes. People who are known for theirsymbols – Mary Magdelene for her jar of oil, St. Jerome for his lion, St. Peter forhis keys (to the kingdom of heaven), etc. Predominately Christian iconographyin the Renaissance where this is really prevalent, but symbolism in art is in allart including yours. Symbols give you talking points about your family history that are more thanjust names and dates. They are creating memories and sharing a uniquehistory – the history of you.
Conclusion No single “final goal” for working on your genealogy What does it mean for YOU? Questions?