The Research Process within nfs

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  • What do you know from the letter? What information is given? What questions arise?
  • Greenwood, Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy p 53
  • Search for the signature
  • Name not found. Was a widow of Ezra Bane Lewellen. Could use Lewellen as the surname of husband, or Hancock – must have remarried.
  • You searched for Hancock as a husband - where is he? Lillian widow of Ezra Bane is mother of the Lillian Lewellen the system found.
  • Search for the signature
  • Search for the signature
  • Lillian Lewellen Hancock = Hancock married name. Lewellen maiden name?
  • Choose a most complete, unusual name to search
  • 2 who could have gone by Lillian Lewellen
  • The Research Process within nfs

    1. 1. The Research Process within nFS<br />‘I have never tried to find my ancestors, <br />How can the new FamilySearch help me?’<br />
    2. 2. The New FamilySearch (nFS)<br />
    3. 3. The Research Process<br />1. Identify what you know.<br />2. Decide what you want to learn. <br />3. Select a record to search. <br />4. Find and search the record. <br />5. Use the information. <br />
    4. 4. This time start with a letter<br />Let’s start with something you have in your possession.<br />The document has information<br />The record causes you to ask questions<br />Analyze the letter<br />
    5. 5. You Possess a Letter<br />
    6. 6. 1. Identify what you know.<br />Letter written in Payson, Utah <br />Dated January 1959 <br />Letter to Mrs. Young<br />Widow of Ezra Bain Lewellen since 1933<br />Ezra son of James Harrison and Sarah Louisa Keeth<br />Ezra’s mother sister of Mrs. Young’s deceased husband<br />Signed Mrs. Lillian Lewellen Hancock<br />
    7. 7. 2. Decide what you want to learn.<br />Who was Mrs. Young?<br />Who was Mrs. Young’s husband?<br />When did he die?<br />Who was his mother?<br />Who was Lillian Lewellen Hancock?<br />Does the information found in the letter match what you see on nFS?<br />
    8. 8. “Pedigree Analysis”<br />What do I already know?<br />What does this suggest?<br />
    9. 9. 3. Select records to search.<br />Search Lillian Lewellen Hancock on nFS<br />
    10. 10. Refine search if necessary<br />
    11. 11. Analyze the available recordsWhat matches?<br />
    12. 12. Were your expectations met?<br />
    13. 13. 3. Select records to search.<br />Select Lillian Eva Lewellen’s record to see more on her mother<br />A<br />B<br />Click on her mother to view her record<br />
    14. 14. 3. Select records to search.<br />View her spouses<br />
    15. 15. View her spouses<br />
    16. 16. 4. Obtain and search the records.<br />Check the box of record from possible duplicates to compare<br />Compare the 2 columns of the 2 records<br />Click on any underlined name<br />Compare all relationships of each underlined name<br />Check the contributors – do you know any?<br />What sources are attached to the records?<br />
    17. 17. 5. Use the information.<br />Decide if the same, combine<br />Is this the correct person?<br />Anything you add to nFS is instantly viewable by anyone registered.<br />
    18. 18. Identify What You Know<br />Letter written in Payson, Utah <br />Dated January 1959 <br />Letter to Mrs. Young<br />Widow of Ezra Bain Lewellen since 1933<br />Ezra son of James Harrison and Sarah Louisa Keeth<br />Ezra’s mother sister of Mrs. Young’s deceased husband<br />Signed Mrs. Lillian Lewellen Hancock<br />
    19. 19. What Do You Want To Learn?<br />Who was Mrs. Young?<br />Who was Mrs. Young’s husband?<br />When did he die?<br />Who was his mother?<br />Who was Lillian Lewellen Hancock?<br />Is the information about these people on nFS correct?<br />
    20. 20. Select Record(s) to Search<br />
    21. 21. Obtain and Search the Record<br />Show Lillian<br />Pedigree to parent of Sarah to show descendants<br />Analyze nFS data with information from letter<br />
    22. 22. Family Tree Descendants <br />

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