Genealogy for Teens


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Basic steps to trace your family tree for teenagers

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Genealogy for Teens

  1. 1. Genealogy for Teens Sharan Farmer Ellis County Genealogical Society
  2. 2. What is Genealogy? The study of your family lineage -- your unique family history. It includes a personal family record of you and your ancestors, their children, birth dates and places, marriage records, and death information.
  3. 3. <ul><li>Discover your roots </li></ul><ul><li>Understand your past </li></ul><ul><li>Become a part of history </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Family health history </li></ul><ul><li>It’s </li></ul>Why should I trace my family tree? FUN!
  4. 4. <ul><li>Print family group sheets and ancestor charts to fill in as you learn information. Start with you! </li></ul><ul><li>Write down everything you know about family names, dates, and places. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview your mom, dad, and grandparents to find out everything they know. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them if someone else in the family has already prepared a family tree. </li></ul><ul><li>Double check info with primary sources. Verify! </li></ul>How do I get started?
  5. 5. What are those charts? <ul><li>Pedigree Chart -- begins with you and branches back with your ancestors. </li></ul>
  6. 6. And this chart? <ul><li>Family Group Sheet -- details for only one family including the parents and children </li></ul>
  7. 7. How do I conduct an interview? <ul><li>Don’t limit to just parents and grandparents! </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule a time </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare questions </li></ul><ul><li>Carry pen, paper, recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Double check dates and spellings </li></ul><ul><li>Get the stories too </li></ul><ul><li>Show interest! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Should I document sources? <ul><li>For credibility and traceability </li></ul><ul><li>Even if it is Grandma or Aunt Edna! </li></ul><ul><li>Type of source and where you found it </li></ul><ul><li>Make copies or photograph </li></ul><ul><li>Include places NOT to look again! </li></ul>YES!
  9. 9. How do I check my facts? <ul><li>Use primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Verify secondary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish between fact and fiction </li></ul>FACT
  10. 10. What are primary sources? <ul><li>Birth certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Death certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Family Bibles </li></ul><ul><li>US census </li></ul><ul><li>Wills and probates </li></ul><ul><li>Diaries and journals </li></ul><ul><li>Military records </li></ul><ul><li>Deeds and land records </li></ul>
  11. 11. And where do I find those records? <ul><li>At the county courthouse in: </li></ul><ul><li>County Clerk’s office </li></ul><ul><li>District Clerk’s office </li></ul><ul><li>National Archives and Records Administration </li></ul><ul><li>At the library </li></ul><ul><li>On the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>From family members </li></ul>
  12. 12. What are secondary sources? <ul><li>Letters </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Obituaries </li></ul><ul><li>Family histories </li></ul><ul><li>Indexes for census, births, marriages, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Collections of cemetery inscriptions </li></ul>Evaluate!
  13. 13. Should I collect photographs? <ul><li>Ask to see family albums </li></ul><ul><li>Scan photos to computer </li></ul><ul><li>Take digital photos of relatives and memorabilia </li></ul><ul><li>Share digital photos with family with email </li></ul><ul><li>Use them to tell a story </li></ul>
  14. 14. What do I do with the info now? <ul><li>Notebook </li></ul><ul><li>Scrapbook </li></ul><ul><li>Slide show </li></ul><ul><li>Web site </li></ul><ul><li>Framed family tree </li></ul>
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  16. 16. When will I be through? NEVER!
  17. 17. Sources <ul><ul><ul><li>Genealogy Research: The Basics by Carolyn Schott </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How to Interview a Relative by Kimberly Powell </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family Group Record chart </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pedigree chart </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul></ul></ul>