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Genealogy for Teens


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Basic steps to trace your family tree for teenagers

Basic steps to trace your family tree for teenagers

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  • 1. Genealogy for Teens Sharan Farmer Ellis County Genealogical Society
  • 2. What is Genealogy? The study of your family lineage -- your unique family history. It includes a personal family record of you and your ancestors, their children, birth dates and places, marriage records, and death information.
  • 3.
    • Discover your roots
    • Understand your past
    • Become a part of history
    • Challenging
    • Family health history
    • It’s
    Why should I trace my family tree? FUN!
  • 4.
    • Print family group sheets and ancestor charts to fill in as you learn information. Start with you!
    • Write down everything you know about family names, dates, and places.
    • Interview your mom, dad, and grandparents to find out everything they know.
    • Ask them if someone else in the family has already prepared a family tree.
    • Double check info with primary sources. Verify!
    How do I get started?
  • 5. What are those charts?
    • Pedigree Chart -- begins with you and branches back with your ancestors.
  • 6. And this chart?
    • Family Group Sheet -- details for only one family including the parents and children
  • 7. How do I conduct an interview?
    • Don’t limit to just parents and grandparents!
    • Schedule a time
    • Prepare questions
    • Carry pen, paper, recorder
    • Double check dates and spellings
    • Get the stories too
    • Show interest!
  • 8. Should I document sources?
    • For credibility and traceability
    • Even if it is Grandma or Aunt Edna!
    • Type of source and where you found it
    • Make copies or photograph
    • Include places NOT to look again!
  • 9. How do I check my facts?
    • Use primary sources
    • Verify secondary sources
    • Distinguish between fact and fiction
  • 10. What are primary sources?
    • Birth certificates
    • Marriage licenses
    • Death certificates
    • Family Bibles
    • US census
    • Wills and probates
    • Diaries and journals
    • Military records
    • Deeds and land records
  • 11. And where do I find those records?
    • At the county courthouse in:
    • County Clerk’s office
    • District Clerk’s office
    • National Archives and Records Administration
    • At the library
    • On the Internet
    • From family members
  • 12. What are secondary sources?
    • Letters
    • Newspapers
    • Obituaries
    • Family histories
    • Indexes for census, births, marriages, etc.
    • Collections of cemetery inscriptions
  • 13. Should I collect photographs?
    • Ask to see family albums
    • Scan photos to computer
    • Take digital photos of relatives and memorabilia
    • Share digital photos with family with email
    • Use them to tell a story
  • 14. What do I do with the info now?
    • Notebook
    • Scrapbook
    • Slide show
    • Web site
    • Framed family tree
  • 15.
  • 16. When will I be through? NEVER!
  • 17. Sources
        • Genealogy Research: The Basics by Carolyn Schott
        • How to Interview a Relative by Kimberly Powell
        • Family Group Record chart
        • Pedigree chart
        • Flickr
        • YouTube