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Getting Started Tracing Your Family History


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Resources to begin tracing your family history.
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Getting Started Tracing Your Family History

  1. 1. Getting Started On Tracing Your Family History George Epps Tucker
  2. 2. 02 Beginning Steps.... 1. Gather all you have on your ancestor. 2. Complete a Pedigree Chart 3. Prepare a Family Group Record 4. Start a Research Log to track your findings. 5. Interview your closest living relatives. Transcribe the interview. Create a folder for each ancestor and the findings for each. 6. Create a time line of events in the life of your ancestor. 7. Start a family history database and keep it up to date.
  3. 3. 03 How to discover more about your ancestor... Complete the following forms using information you already Know about your ancestor. 1. Pedigree Chart Dates: Day, Month, Year 6 April 1965 Places: City, County, State, Country Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, USA 2. Two Family Group Records (one with your ancestor as a child and one as a parent) 3. Biographical Outline Identify what you want to learn about your ancestor
  4. 4. 04 Locate different resources to document your ancestor.
  5. 5. Otis E. Vance 05 Oldest living relatives are a great resource. Interview them first. See interview questions. 1. Your personal knowledge. 2. Your personal papers. 3. Your photographs. 4. Parents, Grandparents, and other relatives. 5. Family bible 6. Funeral programs, obituaries 7. Family papers 8. Family photographs 9. Birth records 10. Marriage records 11. Death records
  6. 6. 06 Cleveland Talley 28. Naturalization/citizenship 29. Funeral homes 30. Hospitals 31. Employers 32. Fraternities/sororities 33. Wills/Probate 34. Land Records 35. Periodicals 36. Tax Records 37. Biographies/Journals 38. Birth/Marriage/Death Records
  7. 7. 07 Use a family history database to record information about your family Download PAF 5.2 free
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  14. 14. <ul><li>New Free Online Research Resources... </li></ul><ul><li>where community professionals and enthusiasts find help and contribute what they know! </li></ul><ul><li>Visit: </li></ul><ul><li>FamilySearch Research Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>FamilySearch Forums </li></ul>14
  15. 15. 14 <ul><li>FamilySearch Research Wiki </li></ul>
  16. 16. 14 <ul><li>FamilySearch Research Wiki </li></ul>FamilySearch Forums
  17. 17. Social Networking For Genealogy Social Networks are helping family history professionals and enthusiasts discover resources to genealogical data that helps link families together. Social Networks are powerful tools in connecting with others with a common interest. They can jump-start your research as well. Visit this Social Group on FamilySearch Forums