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  • Your motivation will impact what information you want to look for, which will in turn affect what resources and methods you choose to use.Take medical information carefully and be respectful of the privacy of individuals.
  • Many different computer programs and software packages help with genealogy organization. Some cost, but others are free.Whatever program you choose to use, compare with other programs to see which features you need/want, and what the system requirements are.
  • Ancestry subscription begins at $13/month for US, and $25/month for world. Includes some content not available to all viewers (non-public trees).LDS Centers: Lawrence, Kansas City, Leavenworth.Genealogy Bank: $70/year, $20/month. Get access to newspapers, books, and government documents.GNIS: locating place names (includes land and water features, as well as human-created locations)
  • Cemetery records: may provide just lists of names and dates taken from tombstone, or perhaps pictures as well. This can give you possibilities on other relatives you may not have known about.
  • Most common way to track ancestors*Look for alternate spellings or abreviations (census takers sometimes guessed or took license)*Handwriting legibility and/or style may also be an issueRecords sealed for 72 years. 1930 Census now available. 1940 Census will be available in 2012.1890 Census: Most records destroyed by fire. Led to creation of National Archives.Census records can be printed at the library on 8x14 or 11x17 paper for 10 cents each.Heritage Quest census records are free to view with a Kansas Library Card
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    • 1. April 22, 2010
      Tonganoxie Public Library
      Presenters: Julianne Newberry & Jim Morey
      Genealogy Workshop
    • 2. Getting Started
      What is your personal pedigree?
      Ancestral chart: records the ancestors from whom you directly descend
      Why are you searching?
      Medical information
      Family history: My Family Health Portrait https:familyhistory.hhs.gov/fhh-web/home.action
      Free Worksheets
      http://www.ancestry.com/trees/charts/ancchart.aspx
      http://www.uftree.com/family_tree_chart.asp
      Others in your packet
    • 3. Computer Software
      Fee
      Family Tree Maker ($40, ancestry.com)
      Free
      Legacy.com www.legacyfamilytree.com/WhatsNew7.asp (download)
      Ancestry.com www.ancestry.com (web-based)
    • 4. Printed Resources
      Family Bibles
      Letters, postcards, journals, diaries
      Published family histories
      Published books on towns, counties, states
      Phonebooks, city directories
      Newspaper articles (print or microfiche)
    • 5. Online Genealogy Research
      Ancestry.com (free to look up) www.ancestry.com
      Publically posted family trees
      Census/Voter lists
      Birth/Marriage/Death records
      Military
      Immigration/Emigration
      LDS Family History Center http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp
      Genealogy Bank http://www.genealogybank.com
      Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) http://geonames.usgs.gov/
    • 6. Online Genealogy Research Continued
      Social Security Death Index (free) http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi
      Obituaries (may be free to search, but cost for copies)
      www.legacy.com
      www.obituaries.com: by state and newspaper name
      Newspaper websites (*there may be time limits on availability of information)
      Cemetery Records (can include written information, and possibly pictures of gravesites)
      www.interment.net (international)
      www.findagrave.com
    • 7. Cemetery Record
      Great-grandmother; Leon’s wife
      Gr-gr grandma; Leon’s mom
      Great-grandfather
      Gr-gr-gr grandparents; Leon’s grandparents
      Gr-gr grandpa; Leon’s dad
      Leola Gimlin’s mom
      Leola’s brother
      Leola Gimlin’s dad
    • 8. US Census
      Began 1790
      Occurs every 10 years
      New form for each census (different information requested)
      http://www.ancestry.com/trees/charts/census.aspx
      Privacy Law: 72 year blackout on information
      Heritage Quest
      http://www.kslc.org
      Census Search
      Free and printable
    • 9. Local Resources
      BDM Card File
      High School Yearbooks
      THS Alumnae List (Deloris White)
      Cemeteries & Burial Grounds in Leavenworth County (Jim Claunch)
      Yesteryears (John Cass Lenahan)
      Local newspapers on microfilm
      Genealogy books at the Tonganoxie Library and other libraries in our network

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