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.
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
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:
Information Name ･ Other members of the family Dates and places of important events such as birth, marriage, and death Occupation
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.
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?
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.
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?")
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.
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.
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
Family Tree Format Geneology standard date format : 05 August 1957 Females use maiden names Gedcom files
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.
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
“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.
Ask questions while you are young. You will have regrets some day, because you did not ask nor pay attention!
Genealogy meets Technology You will find these on the GMS website on the genealogy link. http://www.gunterisd.org/gms/index.html
Google Docs Scrapbook Album Google Doc – Scrapbook Album
Ancestry.com Website Is there an App for that? Of Course!!! I do not leave home without my genealogy!
Collaborate with Others Do a family blog.http://mdsmemories.blogspot.com/ Do a photo galleryhttp://picasaweb.google.com/marilynsdavis
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!
Digital Pictures Back up, Back up, and Back up! External hard-drives Burned CD or DVD Extra memory card Update with new technology
In Conclusions A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots. Trees without roots fall over