BEGINNINGGENEALOGYLisa Rienerth – 2012
START WITH YOURSELF First,write down everything you  already know about yourself Start with the basics, i.e. birth and  ...
EXPAND YOUR RESEARCH Writedown everything you know about your parents, grandparents, great grandparents…as far back as yo...
SEARCH YOUR HOME   birth certificate,    marriage license,    diploma,    newspaper    clippings, etc.   Not only the ba...
PRIMARY SOURCES Produced at the time of the event
Secondary Source  Produced at a later time or by someone who was not at the event.Should be verified with other documents....
   Use a pencil for easy    corrections   Start with yourself   Last name ALL CAPS   Woman’s maiden    name   Men are...
Additional Pedigree ChartsThat number will be the nextchart number for that familylineThat person becomes #1 on thenext ch...
 Spouses Parents Children Capitalize surnames Dates: Day/Month/Year Places: City, County,State, Country
Cite Your Sources   Example: marriage    license - #1 – name,    birth, marriage   Put a #1 by the source    it confirms...
FAMILY INTERVIEWS   Ask specific questions that jog the memory   Get basic information, i.e. birth, marriage, etc.   Wh...
FORMAL INTERVIEWS– Be Prepared!– Set up meeting– Give them at least 1  week to prepare– Have questions  prepared– Tape or ...
   Informal    – Family gathering    – Take pedigree chart      and/or family group   Telephone    – Have questions     ...
Letter              snail mail or email   Begin your letter with news of family interest.   Offer to share information ...
Further Research See where your empty spaces are on your  Family Group sheet Plan on how you will go about obtaining  th...
   One for each surname   Organizes future research   Use check list
INTERNET LOG
STORAGEBINDERS    VS.   FILE FOLDERS
2 INCH BINDERS Label binders on side with family name Use page dividers with tabs to separate  information Optional tab...
File Folders Cabinet  or file box Hanging File folders Different color hanging files or labels  for each surname Hang ...
COLOR CODE LINEAGE OF 4                 GRANDPARENTS•   Blue – Paternal Grandfather (father’s father)•Green – Paternal Gra...
GENEALOGY SOFTWARE   Both hard copy & computer   www.familysearch.org has a free download – Personal    Ancestral File (...
EXTERNAL MEMORY Scan records & photographs to store on  CD and/or flash drive. Download information from repository’s  c...
QUESTIONS?
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  1. 1. BEGINNINGGENEALOGYLisa Rienerth – 2012
  2. 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. 3. EXPAND YOUR RESEARCH Writedown everything you know about your parents, grandparents, great grandparents…as far back as you can go
  4. 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. 5. PRIMARY SOURCES Produced at the time of the event
  6. 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. 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. 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. 9.  Spouses Parents Children Capitalize surnames Dates: Day/Month/Year Places: City, County,State, Country
  10. 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. 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. 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. 13.  Informal – Family gathering – Take pedigree chart and/or family group Telephone – Have questions prepared – Take good notes
  14. 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. 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 – www.vitalrec.com – Local libraries & archives – Ancestry, FamilySearch, Heritage Quest-all accessible from the library
  16. 16.  One for each surname Organizes future research Use check list
  17. 17. INTERNET LOG
  18. 18. STORAGEBINDERS VS. FILE FOLDERS
  19. 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. 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. 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. 22. GENEALOGY SOFTWARE Both hard copy & computer www.familysearch.org has a free download – Personal Ancestral File (PAF) - They also have free forms to download There is also software you can buy - http://genealogy- software-review.toptenreviews.com/
  23. 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
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