Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
Explorations in genealogy 1
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

Saving this for later? Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime – even offline.
Text the download link to your phone
Standard text messaging rates apply

Explorations in genealogy 1


Published on

Exploration in Genealogy, summer 2013. Session 1: Beginning research, vital records, organization and record keeping

Exploration in Genealogy, summer 2013. Session 1: Beginning research, vital records, organization and record keeping

Published in: Self Improvement

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

No notes for slide


  • 1. Explorations in GenealogyUW-Eau Claire Continuing Education SeriesWednesdays, May 22 – June 12, 2013
  • 2. Explorations in Genealogy●Session One– Beginning Research– Vital Records– Organization & Record Keeping
  • 3. Explorations in Genealogy●Session Two– Census Records– Online Research– Widening your search (other records)
  • 4. Explorations in Genealogy●Session Three– Archiving Documents and Keepsakes– Tour of the ARC Special Collections●Session Four– Writing Your Story– Q&A and Individual Help
  • 5. Instructors●Kathy Herfel, L.E. Phillips Library●Deb Jarvar, GRSEC●Tom Davey, GRSEC●Karin Pettis, GRSEC●Greg Kocken, UW-EC McIntyre Library
  • 6. Beginning Research●Start with what you already know
  • 7. Next Steps●Family stories & oral histories●Personal interviews●Dont procrastinate
  • 8. Other “Home” Resources●Family Bibles●Diaries/journals●Old Letters●Photos●School records●Military records●Certificates●Obituaries●Funeral cards
  • 9. Accuracy, Proof & EvidenceFact FictionThere is a big difference betweenproving a fact and wanting somethingto be true. Build your proof on solidevidence.
  • 10. Citing Sources●A way for someone else to follow yourresearch●Examples:●Clark County birth records, Vol. #5,Pg.128●US Census 1860, Iowa County, Wis.,Town of Dodgeville, Pg. 590,Dwelling 167
  • 11. Record Keeping●Paper filing systems– Forms– Binders– File folders– Organizing
  • 12. Record Keeping●Research Notebook– List of goals– Journal– Blank forms– Note Paper– Tie sources to people & places
  • 13. Computer Record Systems●Free Programs– Personal Ancestral File (PAF)– GRAMPS– Brothers Keeper– Roots Magic Essentials●GEDCOM file format
  • 14. Computer Record Systems●For Purchase Programs– Family Tree Maker (Win & Mac)– Reunion (Mac)– The Master Genealogist (Win)– Mac Family Tree●
  • 15. Storing Original Documents●Use archive quality clear sleeves●Store in binders or file folders●Never fold, keep flat●Large documents store flat in boxes●Use interleave papers between sheets
  • 16. Vital Records●Birth, Marriage & Death– Recorded in county event occurred– Wisconsin started about 1852– Generally available starting 1907– Indexes are usually available– Older records may be in ARC
  • 17. Vital Records●Basic information●Name●Date●Location●Personrecording●Parents●Other information●Spouse●Witnesses●Cause of death●Burial date
  • 18. Birth Certificate
  • 19. Marriage Certificate
  • 20. Death Certificate
  • 21. Land Records●Kept by County Register of Deeds●Records of certain transactions●Tract or name index●What information can be found?●Know the county history for oldrecords
  • 22. Probate Records●Usually in county courthouse●Helpful in finding family members orrelationships●Guardian proceedings may be theretoo
  • 23. Newspapers●A huge source of information●Obituaries & death notices●Birth announcements●Engagement and wedding notices●Judgments●Gossip columns●News articles●Advertisements
  • 24. Newspapers●Where to find newspaper archives●Paper company●Local libraries●Online●Large papers may host their own●●● &