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Was Elvis Welsh: How to Begin Tracing Your Family History


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Was Elvis Welsh: How to Begin Tracing Your Family History

  1. 1. Was Elvis Welsh? How to Begin Tracing your Family History
  2. 2. A few tips to start with <ul><li>Talk to living relatives </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what others have discovered </li></ul><ul><li>Work from the known to the unknown </li></ul><ul><li>Kill off your ancestor </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of what you search and the results </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help </li></ul>
  3. 3. Google Your Family History
  4. 4. Wikipedia <ul><li>Early years (1935–53) Childhood in Tupelo </li></ul><ul><li>Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi , to 18-year-old Vernon Elvis and 22-year-old Gladys Love Presley. [5] In the two-room shotgun house built by his father in readiness for the birth, Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered 35 minutes before him, stillborn . As an only child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an unusually tight bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God church. [6] </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wikipedia <ul><li>Presley's ancestry was primarily a Western European mix: On his mother's side, he was Scots-Irish , with some French Norman ; one of Gladys's great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee . [7] b His father's forebears were of Scottish [8] or German [9] origin. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family. </li></ul>
  6. 9. Based on surname evidence what are the chances of a connection?
  7. 10. Four Generations of Presley Ancestors <ul><li>Paternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Presley </li></ul><ul><li>Wesson </li></ul><ul><li>Warren </li></ul><ul><li>Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Hood </li></ul><ul><li>Maternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Mansell </li></ul><ul><li>Gilmore </li></ul><ul><li>Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Tackett </li></ul>
  8. 11. Four Generations of Presley Ancestors <ul><li>Paternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Presley </li></ul><ul><li>Wesson </li></ul><ul><li>Warren </li></ul><ul><li>Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Hood </li></ul><ul><li>Maternal Side </li></ul><ul><li>Mansell </li></ul><ul><li>Gilmore </li></ul><ul><li>Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Tackett </li></ul>
  10. 21. Typical Records <ul><li>US Census 1790-1930 (1940 available 2012) </li></ul><ul><li>Vital records: birth, marriage and death </li></ul><ul><li>Obituaries </li></ul><ul><li>Cemetery records </li></ul><ul><li>Taxation </li></ul><ul><li>Land and property </li></ul><ul><li>Military </li></ul><ul><li>Probate </li></ul>
  11. 22. Vernon & Minnie M. Presley 1920
  12. 23. Although the father’s name does not seem to match consider the other evidence
  13. 25. Although the parents of Jesse & Minnie are not present we get their birthplaces
  14. 26. It is critical to note the source information
  15. 27. Details requested and reported change so find your family in each census
  16. 28. Online Family History Sources <ul><li>FamilySearch </li></ul><ul><li>largest free collection of records & help </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>another free resource with loads of recent info </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Fee based site, excellent census records & index, use it for free at a FamilySearch center </li></ul>
  17. 30. There is more than the main search to this site!
  18. 32. Elvis Presley’s Ancestors
  19. 33. Another way to display ancestry
  20. 34. Use a research log & add notes
  21. 35. Use a research log & add notes
  22. 36. Use a research log & add notes
  23. 37. Use a research log & add notes
  24. 38. To be successful in tracing a family history <ul><li>Ask for help. </li></ul><ul><li>Work from the known to unknown. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of searches you do. </li></ul><ul><li>Document the source of information found so you can retrace your steps. </li></ul><ul><li>Share what you find with others. </li></ul>
  25. 39. Conclusion <ul><li>Internet searches, so far, provide nothing that links directly to a Presely family connection with Wales </li></ul><ul><li>Surname evidence shows that three of nine surnames in the Presley four generation pedigree were present in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>More research and documentation is needed </li></ul>
  26. 40. Just one more question…