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Your family legacy

  1. 1. Your Family Legacy And Using Genealogy Software Steven Kieley Ewing Computer Literacy Center May 3 rd , 2011
  2. 2. Ewing CLC Scheduled Courses May 2011
  3. 3. Ewing CLC Scheduled Courses June 2011
  4. 4. Your Family Legacy <ul><li>Where to look </li></ul><ul><li>What facts to start with </li></ul><ul><li>How to preserve what you find </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where to Look <ul><li>Cemetaries </li></ul><ul><li>Birth Certificates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually filed by the state </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most only issued after 1910 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Death Certificates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually filed by county </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May also list place of birth </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Where to Look <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Old Newspapers, city directories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old telephone books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Churches and Synagogues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth, christening, marriage, Bar or Bat Mitzvah </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funeral Parlors </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage Certificates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bride’s maiden name, former spouses, witnesses, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>parents names, addresses </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Where to Look <ul><li>Federal Census </li></ul><ul><ul><li>72 year ban on information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1940 results will be published in 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1790 – 1930 available now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Free” is generally not true </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>970,000 sites on Google </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State Census </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NJ taken every 10 years from 1855 to 1915 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available on microfilm in Trenton </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Some Useful Websites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for Ellis Island info(free) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passenger lists = $ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are included with </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly free, but limited starting points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Obit, surname searches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prison inmates, sheriffs & police officers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Some Useful Websites <ul><li>http://www.searchforancestors/google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Related to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to surname websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Related to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Various choices to start with </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Some Useful Websites <ul><li>Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many starting points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orphans, poorhouses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ports of entry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Origin specific – Africa, Asia, Ireland, Germany, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Free Genealogy Lookups - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit info to volunteers for lookup </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Many Other Websites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Probably Most Useful <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Census records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Military records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draft registrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth, marriage and divorce records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal proceedings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper clippings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to other related names and records </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Many Websites ……….. <ul><li>Are “free” (for 7-14 days in most cases) </li></ul><ul><li>Are limited in what information they provide </li></ul><ul><li>Will ask for your credit card info. even for the trial period </li></ul><ul><li>Will automatically charge your card after the trial period if you forget to cancel </li></ul><ul><li>Point to common databases such as </li></ul>
  14. 16. 10 Common Mistakes <ul><li>Giving Up </li></ul><ul><li>Not Paying Attention to Details </li></ul><ul><li>Starting with the “Tree” </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Spellings </li></ul><ul><li>Forgetting about Living Relatives </li></ul><ul><li>Not Staying Organized </li></ul><ul><li>Doing it Alone </li></ul><ul><li>Tracing Too Many Family Members at Once </li></ul><ul><li>Being too Serious </li></ul><ul><li>Not Using all the Available Resources </li></ul>
  15. 17. What Facts to Start With <ul><li>First, last name (obviously) </li></ul><ul><li>Maiden and/or married name depending of type of search </li></ul><ul><li>Dates (any available) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth, christening, bar or bas mitzvah, marriage, death </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Country of origin </li></ul><ul><li>Siblings </li></ul><ul><li>Residence location </li></ul>
  16. 18. Other Facts if Available <ul><li>Social security # </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Port of entry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other family member names </li></ul><ul><li>Occupation </li></ul>
  17. 19. Other Facts if Available <ul><li>Too many facts may actually mask search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding an incorrect fact will often exclude the subject of the search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try minimal facts (surname, approx. dates, location) first, then add others to narrow down search </li></ul>
  18. 20. Good Genealogical Software should…. <ul><li>Provide printed manuals </li></ul><ul><li>Allow multiple views </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedigree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Descendant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Index </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Show relationships to any selected person </li></ul><ul><li>Have video tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Print large wallcharts </li></ul><ul><li>Have customizable languages </li></ul><ul><li>Provide responsive tech support </li></ul>
  19. 21. Good Genealogical Software should also.. <ul><li>Allow customizable reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars, anniversaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ancestor books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Descendant books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lineage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research logs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential problems </li></ul></ul>
  20. 26. Legacy Family Tree 7.0 <ul><li>Live demo of the program and </li></ul><ul><li>Free download of Legacy Family Tree at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>