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  • 1. BEGINNINGGENEALOGYLisa Rienerth – 2012
  • 2. START WITH YOURSELF First,write down everything you already know about yourself Start with the basics, i.e. birth and marriage Add to this military, graduation, employment, children, etc.
  • 3. EXPAND YOUR RESEARCH Writedown everything you know about your parents, grandparents, great grandparents…as far back as you can go
  • 4. SEARCH YOUR HOME birth certificate, marriage license, diploma, newspaper clippings, etc. Not only the basic sources which show birth, marriage or death, but interesting sources such as diaries, letters, photographs
  • 5. PRIMARY SOURCES Produced at the time of the event
  • 6. Secondary Source Produced at a later time or by someone who was not at the event.Should be verified with other documents. Preferably a primary source.
  • 7.  Use a pencil for easy corrections Start with yourself Last name ALL CAPS Woman’s maiden name Men are even #s – Women are odd #s Dates – Day/Month/Year Places – City, County, State, Country (small to large)
  • 8. Additional Pedigree ChartsThat number will be the nextchart number for that familylineThat person becomes #1 on thenext chart # 12 on chart no. 1 Continue like first The chart numbers will bedifferent for each new sheet Use Numbering Chart
  • 9.  Spouses Parents Children Capitalize surnames Dates: Day/Month/Year Places: City, County,State, Country
  • 10. Cite Your Sources Example: marriage license - #1 – name, birth, marriage Put a #1 by the source it confirms Cite your source – on the document Validates information Genealogist use a certain method Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to 1 Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • 11. FAMILY INTERVIEWS Ask specific questions that jog the memory Get basic information, i.e. birth, marriage, etc. Whenever possible, show old photographs of people and places Also important to get other aspects of life…friends, special stories, school days Ask for family papers – Journals, letters, photos When completed update information right away
  • 12. FORMAL INTERVIEWS– Be Prepared!– Set up meeting– Give them at least 1 week to prepare– Have questions prepared– Tape or take good notes– Videotape
  • 13.  Informal – Family gathering – Take pedigree chart and/or family group Telephone – Have questions prepared – Take good notes
  • 14. Letter snail mail or email Begin your letter with news of family interest. Offer to share information Be reasonable Send them a pedigree/family group sheet to fill out
  • 15. Further Research See where your empty spaces are on your Family Group sheet Plan on how you will go about obtaining this information You will have to do some research on the city, county, or state to see where certain records are kept – Many counties have wonderful websites – – Local libraries & archives – Ancestry, FamilySearch, Heritage Quest-all accessible from the library
  • 16.  One for each surname Organizes future research Use check list
  • 19. 2 INCH BINDERS Label binders on side with family name Use page dividers with tabs to separate information Optional tabs: maps, family information, & original sources
  • 20. File Folders Cabinet or file box Hanging File folders Different color hanging files or labels for each surname Hang alphabetically Label each file folder & place in hanging file folder Optional: color code your lineage for 4 lines of grandparents
  • 21. COLOR CODE LINEAGE OF 4 GRANDPARENTS• Blue – Paternal Grandfather (father’s father)•Green – Paternal Grandmother (father’s mother)•Red – Maternal Grandfather (mother’s father)•Yellow – Maternal Grandmother (mother’s mother)
  • 22. GENEALOGY SOFTWARE Both hard copy & computer has a free download – Personal Ancestral File (PAF) - They also have free forms to download There is also software you can buy - http://genealogy-
  • 23. EXTERNAL MEMORY Scan records & photographs to store on CD and/or flash drive. Download information from repository’s computer or microfilm machine. Keep with you or put some place safe Use an external hard drive Use online site for storage Never let it replace your paper copies Keep up with new technology
  • 24. QUESTIONS?