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Begin with YOURSELF.
In genealogy, work backward –
from the known to the unknown –
starting with YOU.
From you, branch out...
When you interview family…
Ask open-ended questions.
Know that memories may differ.
We all have a unique points of
view. (...
Record what you know to be true,
the information you can backup
with sources.
But keep notes of everything
else…the family...
Recognize the limitations and
shortcomings of older records.
Names may be spelled different
ways (ex. Emmitt and Emmet).
H...
Online Resources
Hog Hammock Public Library
offers access to a variety of online
GALILEO resources including:
Ancestry Lib...
In-house Resources
Hog Hammock Public Library’s
Heritage Collection includes
books, audio/video recordings,
funeral progra...
Final thoughts…
Be open-minded. You may uncover secrets
or things you might wish you didn’t know.
Don’t assume anything. D...
Let’s Get Started…
http://hoghammock.blogspot.com
Hog Hammock Public Library is in the
Historic Hog Hammock Community
on Sapelo Island, a Georgia barrier island
accessible ...
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Genealogy Notes

  1. 1. 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 research.
  2. 2. 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.)
  3. 3. Record what you know to be true, the information you can backup with sources. But keep notes of everything else…the family legends and stories passed down. Note any any questions or uncertainties. These are often good clues. Remember…
  4. 4. Recognize the limitations and shortcomings of older records. Names may be spelled different ways (ex. Emmitt and Emmet). Handwriting styles have changed. Boundaries may have changed. Dates, especially birth dates, may be off.
  5. 5. Online Resources 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
  6. 6. In-house Resources 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.
  7. 7. Final thoughts… 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!
  8. 8. Let’s Get Started… http://hoghammock.blogspot.com
  9. 9. 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 at hoghammock@gmail.com.

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