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Skeletons in the Closer:Genealogy for Beginners  Present by Janey Deal and Jamane Yeager               October 4, 2011
Today’s Presentation•   What is genealogy•   What are good sources of information•   What are primary sources•   What are ...
What is genealogy• Genealogy is is the study of families and the  tracing of their lineages and history.  Genealogists use...
Why do Genealogy Research?• The pursuit of family history tends to be  shaped by several motivations, including the  desir...
What are good sources of Information• Family Bibles –birth, baptism, marriage and  death dates• Marriage certificates/marr...
What are good sources of Information• Letters and diaries• Photographs and heirlooms• Newspapers
Primary & Secondary Sources• Primary source documents are original  materials. They are from the time period  involved and...
Primary Source Examples• Artifacts (e.g. coins, furniture, tools, clothing  all from the time under study• Audio recording...
Primary Source Examples Cont• Letters• Newspaper articles written at the time• Original Documents (i.e. birth certificates...
Secondary Source Definition• Secondary sources are less easily defined they  primary sources. Generally, they are accounts...
Examples of Secondary Sources•   Bibliographies•   Biographical works•   Death records•   Encyclopedias•   History books• ...
Where do I look for records?• Public libraries, archives and museums, state  library• County records  1.   Court Records  ...
Where Do I look for Records?1.   Tax records2.   Wills3.   Miscellaneous Records4.   Places of Worship5.   LDS Temples – r...
Where do I began my research• Begin research with resources close at hand—  your family—and proceed from the known to  the...
Beginnings!Family bible         Family tree in bible
Where do we look for records online• Ancestry Library• American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography• Heritage Quest• Biogra...
Other Useful Websites•   Family Search.org (LDS church)•   Archives.gov (NARA)•   Cyndi’s List.com•   Ancestry chart•   Fa...
Jamane’s Family Tree Example• Winsor Holloway & Jane Holloway• Nancy Sue Cannon daughter
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  1. 1. Skeletons in the Closer:Genealogy for Beginners Present by Janey Deal and Jamane Yeager October 4, 2011
  2. 2. Today’s Presentation• What is genealogy• What are good sources of information• What are primary sources• What are secondary sources• How do I find the information• How do I get started• Challenges
  3. 3. What is genealogy• Genealogy is is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.
  4. 4. Why do Genealogy Research?• The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for ones family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.[1]• To secure a means to join organizations i.e., DAR, UDC, etc.
  5. 5. What are good sources of Information• Family Bibles –birth, baptism, marriage and death dates• Marriage certificates/marriage bonds• Birth and Death certificates• Cemetery records, headstones• Census records• Military service records• Legal documents—wills, property deeds
  6. 6. What are good sources of Information• Letters and diaries• Photographs and heirlooms• Newspapers
  7. 7. Primary & Secondary Sources• Primary source documents are original materials. They are from the time period involved and have not been filtered through interpretation or evaluation.• Primary sources are original materials on which other research is based• They are usually the first formal appearance of results in physical, print or electronic format.
  8. 8. Primary Source Examples• Artifacts (e.g. coins, furniture, tools, clothing all from the time under study• Audio recordings• Diaries• Government, church, and business records• Interviews• Oral histories
  9. 9. Primary Source Examples Cont• Letters• Newspaper articles written at the time• Original Documents (i.e. birth certificates, wills, marriage license, trial transcript• Photographs• Motion pictures and videos• Maps and land records, blueprints
  10. 10. Secondary Source Definition• Secondary sources are less easily defined they primary sources. Generally, they are accounts written after the fact with the benefits of hindsight.• They are interpretations and evaluations of primary sources.
  11. 11. Examples of Secondary Sources• Bibliographies• Biographical works• Death records• Encyclopedias• History books• Obituaries• Newspaper article on family matters
  12. 12. Where do I look for records?• Public libraries, archives and museums, state library• County records 1. Court Records 2. Birth/Death records 3. Marriage records 4. Bonds 5. Land Records 6. Estate Records
  13. 13. Where Do I look for Records?1. Tax records2. Wills3. Miscellaneous Records4. Places of Worship5. LDS Temples – research rooms6. Private collections
  14. 14. Where do I began my research• Begin research with resources close at hand— your family—and proceed from the known to the unknown• Start with yourself and work backwards• Regard oral history as a starting point, not the last word on a subject
  15. 15. Beginnings!Family bible Family tree in bible
  16. 16. Where do we look for records online• Ancestry Library• American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography• Heritage Quest• Biography & Genealogy Master Index• Digital Sanborn Maps (NC Live)• North American Women Letters and Diaries (NC Live)• Archive Grid (NC Live)• Digital NC (NC Live
  17. 17. Other Useful Websites• Family Search.org (LDS church)• Archives.gov (NARA)• Cyndi’s List.com• Ancestry chart• Family group sheet• Genealogical Resources on the Internet (handout)
  18. 18. Jamane’s Family Tree Example• Winsor Holloway & Jane Holloway• Nancy Sue Cannon daughter

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