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Slides from a Genealogy Basics workshop at the Omaha Public Library. Aimed at patrons with little or no previous experience.

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  • Counties are divided into townships. township is appropriate locality where there is no incorporated village or town.
  • There are gedcom readers for smartphones and tablets. Most do not sync with your computer. So, editing with mobile devices is problematical. Reunion does have an app for iPad that syncs with Reunion for Mac.
  • Sk genealogy basics 041412

    1. 1. Genealogy Workshop -Basic Tools & StrategiesBill Hall, Library Specialist Saddlebrook Branch Omaha Public Library
    2. 2. Genealogy Basics• What is Genealogy?• What are the Basic Tools?• What are the Basic Strategies?• How to Get Started• Taking Oral Family History• Recommended Books• Genealogy Software Family Roots• Good Genealogy Websites
    3. 3. What is Genealogy?• A Collection; of the names, dates, places, and facts of your family• A Treasure Hunt; where discovery of buried facts brings excitement• A Jigsaw Puzzle; the compete picture is visible only when all the pieces fit• A Trial; where rules of evidence and proving facts is necessary
    4. 4. Two Planes of Focus• Vertical  Your direct lines of descent  Genealogy  Forms: Pedigree or Ancestral Chart• Horizontal  Your Family’s stories  Family (Oral) History  Forms: Family Group Sheet
    5. 5. Basic Tools forGenealogyOrganizers: 3-Ring Binders or File Folders 3-Hole Punched Lined Filler Paper (for notes) Standard Genealogy Forms Pens, Pencils & Highlighters
    6. 6. Optional Tools• Plastic photo sheets (for preservation)• Archival paper (doesn’t deteriorate)• Computer (laptop for portability)• Internet access (genealogy websites)• Genealogy software (keeps everything in one place)• Digital recorder (for interviews)
    7. 7. Basic Strategies• Progress “From the Known to the Unknown”  From the current generation to the past• Search “Wide and Deep”  List everyone from current generation first  Most important if you know little about your past• Gather documents to verify all facts  Names, places, dates, relationships  List the source of the information• Prove identity before assigning lineage  Facts about the person before making connections to others
    8. 8. Getting Started• List Spouses/partners and Children• Collect names and birth information• Include marriage information, if any• Include divorce information, if any• Include death information, if any a. Date, location, cemetery, cause6. Record in sequential order on a Family Group Sheet
    9. 9. Data Conventions• Last names in CAPITALS• Include full middle name  HALL, William Robert or William Robert HALL• Dates as dd/mm/yyyy  13 APR 2012• Places as city or twp., county, state, country  Omaha, Douglas, NE, USA
    10. 10. NOTICE!• Genealogy forms are built on the traditional 2 parent family model  Forms assume marriage  Only recently do some forms include divorce• Treat Single partners as a marriage• Multiple partners as multiple marriages• Treat the child relationships carefully  has help with adoptive children
    11. 11. Family Group Sheet
    12. 12. Getting Started - 2• Next gather data for your Parents and Siblings  Collect birth, death, marriage, divorce info  Fill in a Family Group Sheet• Third is Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts  Fill in a Family Group Sheet • Include as much information as you know• Fill out an Ancestral Chart  Start with yourself on the far left position
    13. 13. Ancestral Chart Grampa My Dad Gramma ME PapaMy Wife My Mom Nana
    14. 14. Research Forms
    15. 15. Family History Begin recalling and recording things about yourself Write an autobiography Interview your parents and older relatives Look at artifacts in photo albums and storage areas Organize data into genealogy charts and bloodlines, and group people in family units
    16. 16. Oral Histories Gather stories not just facts Use a digital recorder to gather interviews Get to the oldest living relative SOON! Pre-plan your questions Photos help subjects recall memories Allow your subject to digress
    17. 17. Oral History Books• Brown, C. S. Like it was: a complete guide to writing oral history. 808.0669 B877. (1988)• Fletcher, W. P. Recording your family history: a guide to preserving oral history . . . 929.1 Fletcher (1989)• Green, B. To our children’s children: preserving family histories for generations to come. 920.002 (1993)• Hart, C. Tell me your story: the oral history workshop. 907.2 Hart. (2009)
    18. 18. Oral History Websites• How to Interview a Relative• Fifty questions for Family History Interviews
    19. 19. Genealogy Software• Family Tree Maker (Windows & Mac)• Reunion (Mac)• iFamily (Mac)• Standard genealogy file format: gedcom .ged• Online family tree site:
    20. 20. Genealogy Websites• (OPL)• Heritage Quest (OPL)• OPL genealogy study guide• Greater Omaha Genealogy Society• Douglas County Historical Society• Rootsweb/GenWeb• Cyndi’s List
    21. 21. Next Genealogy Class at Saddlebrook•Exploring Genealogy Online•Saturday, June 16 @ Noon
    22. 22. Genealogy Basics - Review Genealogy vs. Family History Basic Genealogy Tools Basic Research Strategies How to fill out basic genealogy forms How to conduct an Oral History interview Some good genealogy websites
    23. 23. Happy Hunting!