Many 101 methods out there Some focus on compiled sources first Some focus on Genealogy, some on Family History I focus on an “instant start” method that I call the Census Start.
Can be done at home in your pajamas Does not require any information from other family member before you can get going Places you in primary sources from the beginning Forces you to navigate the world of online research Introduces you to many of the pitfalls of sources without as much of the danger of getting horribly off- track
The name of an ancestor born prior to 1930 and enough information about them to distinguish them from others with the same name An internet connection A way of recording information: PAF, Other Software, Group/ Pedigree Charts
Family Search: complete index, no images yet, free Heritage Quest: images with index, not complete, free through libraries Ancestry: complete index with images, free in Family History Centers, otherwise available through subscriptions
Search in all three databases Alternate spellings Use more or less information in the search fields Search for a family member Search in the 1920 Census Go to a FHC for help
Follow a person backwards in the census as far as you can go Begin to follow the other members of a family group Start with maternal lines, then go to paternal lines
Write it down Attach downloaded images Record NIL searches with dates in a research log Forces yourself to cite your sources
Homeownership: land Veteran Status: Military records Records Estate: tax records Job: Employment/Union Education status: school Records records Marital Status: Immigration: Marriage/Divorce/Death Naturalization/Immigra- Records tion Records Age: Birth/Christening Records