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  • 1. How to Start your Family History
  • 2. GenealogyGenealogy: Collecting dead relatives andsometimes a live cousin!Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead andirritate the living.When we die, we become stories in the mindsof other people.
  • 3. Genealogy My Passion with many benefits  Stories and pictures  A gun and the “Family Bible”  Dedication ceremony  New relatives (Rick, Pres. Zachary Taylor, Lady Bird, cousins, etc.)  Daddy’s war letters
  • 4. How to Start your Family History
  • 5. Step 1: Remember your Ancestors Begin by remembering information about each member in your family that will identify that person. Each person can be identified by personal information, such as the following:
  • 6. Information Name ・ Other members of the family Dates and places of important events such as birth, marriage, and death Occupation
  • 7. A Place to Start First fill out a form for your own family, and then work back to your parents and grandparents. You can quickly see what you know and what information is missing or incomplete.
  • 8. Step 2. Use Sources in Your Home Look for sources in your home that might contain the missing or incomplete family information. What might that be?
  • 9. Sources in your home Useful sources include birth, marriage, and death certificates; family Bibles; funeral programs; obituaries; wedding announcements; family registers; and ancestral tablets. Create a family bag or box if you have not already.
  • 10. Step 3. Ask Relatives for Information Contact the relatives - visit, call, write, or e-mail them. Be sure to ask specifically for the information you would like. (For example, "Do you know when Aunt Jane was born?")
  • 11. Step 4. Choose a Family or Ancestor You Want to Learn More About Select a family or ancestor with missing or incomplete information. ・ Start with the generations closest to you, and work your way back. Usually, it is easier to find information for a family member or ancestor born in a recent period.
  • 12. Step 5. See if Someone Else Has Already Found the Information Look for a published family history. Use the internet to see what research has been done.
  • 13. Step 6. Search Records for Information about Your Ancestor. Find copies of original records, such as censuses and birth records, based on where the person lived and the time of his or her birth, marriage, or death. Court records – land titles
  • 14. Family Tree Format Geneology standard date format : 05 August 1957 Females use maiden names Gedcom files
  • 15. OrganizationStart with one notebook, with dividers. As you gain information you will keep adding notebooks for each parent’s line. Then you will add notebooks for each family line.
  • 16. Forms ・ Pedigree Chart -A pedigree chart lets you list your pedigree (your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and so on). ・ Family Group Record -A family group record lets you list an entire family and their information. You will need several copies. Descendant charts
  • 17. “Cousins, Once removed!!” Kennith & Bennie Scoggins Diana Ferguson Marilyn Davis Justin Ferguson Greg Davis First cousins Jonah Ferguson Kayah Second cousins First Cousin - the people that have the same grandparents.Second Cousin - the people that have the same great- grandparents Removed - is used to describe people from different generations.
  • 18. Ask questions while you are young. You will have regrets some day, because you did not ask nor pay attention!
  • 19. Genealogy meets Technology You will find these on the GMS website on the genealogy link.
  • 20. Do a Wordle
  • 21. Type With Me Send an email with this link to relatives that might have some information that you can use for this project.
  • 22. Animoto
  • 23. Prezi Power Point on steroids in the cloud!
  • 24. Google Maps My Genealogy Maps - Birthplaces
  • 25. Google Docs Scrapbook Album Google Doc – Scrapbook Album
  • 26. Website Is there an App for that? Of Course!!! I do not leave home without my genealogy!
  • 27. Collaborate with Others Do a family blog. Do a photo gallery
  • 28. Preserve Photographs An old picture, means less if you don’t know who the picture is of or where taken. Record information with dates! Digitize valuable pictures. (tiff before jpg / highest resolution) Take older pictures out of photo albums that have acid base pages. Ziploc baggies is a GREAT solution!
  • 29. Digital Pictures Back up, Back up, and Back up! External hard-drives Burned CD or DVD Extra memory card Update with new technology
  • 30. In Conclusions A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots. Trees without roots fall over