Begin with YOURSELF.
In genealogy, work backward –
from the known to the unknown –
starting with YOU.
From you, branch out to your
parents, using the “Family Tree
Chart” and the “Pedigree Chart” to
create a framework for your
When you interview family…
Ask open-ended questions.
Know that memories may differ.
We all have a unique points of
view. (Remember the game
“Telephone,” and how we all
may hear and see things
differently. The truth can get
lost or changed over time.)
Record what you know to be true,
the information you can backup
But keep notes of everything
else…the family legends and
stories passed down. Note any
any questions or uncertainties.
These are often good clues.
Recognize the limitations and
shortcomings of older records.
Names may be spelled different
ways (ex. Emmitt and Emmet).
Handwriting styles have
Boundaries may have changed.
Dates, especially birth dates,
may be off.
Hog Hammock Public Library
offers access to a variety of online
GALILEO resources including:
Ancestry Library Edition
Heritage Quest Online
U.S. Census, Books, PERSI Archive, Revolutionary War Records,
Freedman’s Bank, and more
U.S. Census, Voter Lists, Birth, Marriage and Death, Immigration,
Maps, Land and Wills, City Directories, Yearbooks, and more
Hog Hammock Public Library’s
Heritage Collection includes
books, audio/video recordings,
funeral programs and genealogy
research on Sapelo Island families.
A professional librarian is on staff
to assist you with your research.
Be open-minded. You may uncover secrets
or things you might wish you didn’t know.
Don’t assume anything. Don’t rely on one
record. Records may contain mistakes.
Learn local history and customs for context
(migration patterns, boundary/name
changes, the meaning of words, etc.)
Oral history is often embellished or
changes over time.
Share what you learn. Your family will grow!
Let’s Get Started…
Hog Hammock Public Library is in the
Historic Hog Hammock Community
on Sapelo Island, a Georgia barrier island
accessible only by state-run passenger
ferry or private boat. Reservations are
required for visitors from the mainland.
Call (912) 485-2291, or send us an e-mail