How to Research Your

Family History?

Cypress Historical Society
Cypress, Texas
Where to Start?
• Your Immediate Family
1. Interviews
2. Collect documents (Birth, Death, Marriage,
Deeds, Citizenship pap...
The Family Group Sheet

• Fill One Out for Each Family
• Use “Abt”, “Bef”, and “Aft”
• Make “Source” notes
The Family Group Sheet

An Example of making entries to a Family Group Sheet:
1910 Census-Harris County, Texas
Quality of your Information Source
•

Primary Sources: “an artifact, a document, a recording, or
other source of informati...
Pedigree Chart
U.S. Census Records
• Available 1790-1940 (No 1890!)
• 1850 is oldest census available for Texas
residents
• Different inf...
1850 Federal Census
1850 Non-Population Schedules - Agriculture
•

Available between 1850 & 1880 for Agriculture, Industry,
Mortality, and Soc...
1850 Federal Census

Slave Schedules
•

Avail for 1850 & 1860
1900 Federal Census

Month/Year of Birth
Years Married
# Children

Year Immigrated
# Years in U.S.
How Do I Find Someone in
the U.S. Census?
• Computer index
• Microfilm Index Cards (by Soundex)
• Find their Location
•

E...
Enumeration Districts (EDs)
www.Ancestry.com
Pitfalls Using
Census
Records

• Miss-spelled
Names
• False or Wrong
Information

• Bad Memory
Church Records
Salem Lutheran
Church of Rosehill

•
•
•

Good Primary Source (Until Transcribed!)
Births, Marriages, Death...
Cemetery Records
• Good Primary Source for Death Date
• Often contains Birth Date, Maiden
Name, Relationship info, Militar...
Cemetery Records
Salem Lutheran
Church of Rosehill

Visit and Take Photographs . . .
Cemetery Records
Salem Lutheran
Church of Rosehill

. . . Before it is Too Late.
Deterioration of Grave Stones

Same stone April, 2009
Headstone before 1989
What’s Available at the CHS Library?
Cypress Historical Society

Genealogy and History
Research Library
Tuesday
9am – 4pm
...
Available at the CHS Library
Local Census Records (Printed)
and access to Ancestry.com

Local Church Records:
•
•
•
•
•

S...
Available at the CHS Library

Darline Roth’s Cypress
area Genealogy

Donated Family
History Books
Available at the CHS Library
Scrapbooks of Local
Newspaper Articles,
Obituaries, & Wedding
Announcements

Donated Picture
...
Available at the CHS Library
Reference Maps

Roads & Homes in 1915
(with Modern Road Overlay in Red)

Land Ownership in 19...
Available at the CHS Library

Local Cemetery Map

Obituary
Scrapbooks
Available at the CHS Library
Local and Texas History
Books and Articles

Local Magazine Articles
Internet Resources
• Pay Sites:
•

www.ancestry.com (U.S. $239/yr; World $359/yr)

•

www.genealogybank.com ($70/yr)

•

w...
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How to research your family history

  1. 1. How to Research Your Family History? Cypress Historical Society Cypress, Texas
  2. 2. Where to Start? • Your Immediate Family 1. Interviews 2. Collect documents (Birth, Death, Marriage, Deeds, Citizenship papers) 3. The Family Bible 4. The family “Hoarder” or fellow Genealogist • The “Family Group Sheet”
  3. 3. The Family Group Sheet • Fill One Out for Each Family • Use “Abt”, “Bef”, and “Aft” • Make “Source” notes
  4. 4. The Family Group Sheet An Example of making entries to a Family Group Sheet: 1910 Census-Harris County, Texas
  5. 5. Quality of your Information Source • Primary Sources: “an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source of information that was created at the time under study, for which the writer has personal knowledge”. (Examples – A Birth Date written on a Birth Certificate, filled out by the Mother) • Secondary Source: “accounts written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight, which cite, comment on, or build upon primary sources”. (Examples – A Birth Date put on a Death Certificate or grave stone)
  6. 6. Pedigree Chart
  7. 7. U.S. Census Records • Available 1790-1940 (No 1890!) • 1850 is oldest census available for Texas residents • Different information recorded each year • Location, Location, Location! 1. 2. • Thank goodness for Indexes Precincts and Enumeration Districts (EDs) Don’t believe everything you see!
  8. 8. 1850 Federal Census
  9. 9. 1850 Non-Population Schedules - Agriculture • Available between 1850 & 1880 for Agriculture, Industry, Mortality, and Social Statistics
  10. 10. 1850 Federal Census Slave Schedules • Avail for 1850 & 1860
  11. 11. 1900 Federal Census Month/Year of Birth Years Married # Children Year Immigrated # Years in U.S.
  12. 12. How Do I Find Someone in the U.S. Census? • Computer index • Microfilm Index Cards (by Soundex) • Find their Location • Enumeration Districts (EDs)
  13. 13. Enumeration Districts (EDs) www.Ancestry.com
  14. 14. Pitfalls Using Census Records • Miss-spelled Names • False or Wrong Information • Bad Memory
  15. 15. Church Records Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill • • • Good Primary Source (Until Transcribed!) Births, Marriages, Deaths, Confirmation Usually better than Civil Records
  16. 16. Cemetery Records • Good Primary Source for Death Date • Often contains Birth Date, Maiden Name, Relationship info, Military info, Church affiliation. • Contact Local Societies to do “Look-Ups” • Transcribed sources: • Local Society Publications (Example: Chaparral’s “Cemeteries of Northwest Harris County and Southwest Montgomery County” ). • Internet: www.Findagrave.com
  17. 17. Cemetery Records Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill Visit and Take Photographs . . .
  18. 18. Cemetery Records Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill . . . Before it is Too Late.
  19. 19. Deterioration of Grave Stones Same stone April, 2009 Headstone before 1989
  20. 20. What’s Available at the CHS Library? Cypress Historical Society Genealogy and History Research Library Tuesday 9am – 4pm Wednesday 9am – 4pm Thursday 9am – 4pm 3rd Saturday 11am – 2pm 281-758-0083 cypresshistsociety@att.net www.cypresshistoricalsociety.com
  21. 21. Available at the CHS Library Local Census Records (Printed) and access to Ancestry.com Local Church Records: • • • • • Salem Lutheran St John Lutheran St Lucas Lutheran Trinity Lutheran Hockley Catholic (early St. Ann’s)
  22. 22. Available at the CHS Library Darline Roth’s Cypress area Genealogy Donated Family History Books
  23. 23. Available at the CHS Library Scrapbooks of Local Newspaper Articles, Obituaries, & Wedding Announcements Donated Picture Collections
  24. 24. Available at the CHS Library Reference Maps Roads & Homes in 1915 (with Modern Road Overlay in Red) Land Ownership in 1965
  25. 25. Available at the CHS Library Local Cemetery Map Obituary Scrapbooks
  26. 26. Available at the CHS Library Local and Texas History Books and Articles Local Magazine Articles
  27. 27. Internet Resources • Pay Sites: • www.ancestry.com (U.S. $239/yr; World $359/yr) • www.genealogybank.com ($70/yr) • www.fold3.com (Military Records) ($80/yr) • newspaperarchive.com ($144/yr) • Free Sites: • • • • www.findagrave.com usgenweb.orgwww.cyndislist.com www.cyndislist.com www.familysearch.org (Must Register)
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