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  • 1. How to Research Your Family History? Cypress Historical Society Cypress, Texas
  • 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. The Family Group Sheet • Fill One Out for Each Family • Use “Abt”, “Bef”, and “Aft” • Make “Source” notes
  • 4. The Family Group Sheet An Example of making entries to a Family Group Sheet: 1910 Census-Harris County, Texas
  • 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. Pedigree Chart
  • 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. 1850 Federal Census
  • 9. 1850 Non-Population Schedules - Agriculture • Available between 1850 & 1880 for Agriculture, Industry, Mortality, and Social Statistics
  • 10. 1850 Federal Census Slave Schedules • Avail for 1850 & 1860
  • 11. 1900 Federal Census Month/Year of Birth Years Married # Children Year Immigrated # Years in U.S.
  • 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. Enumeration Districts (EDs) www.Ancestry.com
  • 14. Pitfalls Using Census Records • Miss-spelled Names • False or Wrong Information • Bad Memory
  • 15. Church Records Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill • • • Good Primary Source (Until Transcribed!) Births, Marriages, Deaths, Confirmation Usually better than Civil Records
  • 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. Cemetery Records Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill Visit and Take Photographs . . .
  • 18. Cemetery Records Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill . . . Before it is Too Late.
  • 19. Deterioration of Grave Stones Same stone April, 2009 Headstone before 1989
  • 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. 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. Available at the CHS Library Darline Roth’s Cypress area Genealogy Donated Family History Books
  • 23. Available at the CHS Library Scrapbooks of Local Newspaper Articles, Obituaries, & Wedding Announcements Donated Picture Collections
  • 24. Available at the CHS Library Reference Maps Roads & Homes in 1915 (with Modern Road Overlay in Red) Land Ownership in 1965
  • 25. Available at the CHS Library Local Cemetery Map Obituary Scrapbooks
  • 26. Available at the CHS Library Local and Texas History Books and Articles Local Magazine Articles
  • 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)