Genealogy for the first Time: Research Your Family History

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Want to learn more about your ancestors, but not sure how to begin? This book will show you how to research and preserve your heritage. It's not only an enjoyable process, but also a great way to provide your family with a history they'll cherish through the generations.

Start by looking at some simple information that's already available to you. Involve your parents, siblings, and children in this early stage. Don't overlook anything, ...

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Overview

Want to learn more about your ancestors, but not sure how to begin? This book will show you how to research and preserve your heritage. It's not only an enjoyable process, but also a great way to provide your family with a history they'll cherish through the generations.

Start by looking at some simple information that's already available to you. Involve your parents, siblings, and children in this early stage. Don't overlook anything, including Christmas lists, address books, and even needlepoint samplers.

After exhausting the personal knowledge you have within your home and among your immediate family, begin your research in other places. If you need a to know a maiden name, check the census or a newspaper. From organizing and matching families to accessing myriad records over the Internet, a computer is a tremendous tool at your disposal. Church, tax, and land records are invaluable resources, as are wills and even passenger lists kept by the U.S. Customs Service. All the advice you need to investigate further is explained here.

Find out how to organize, record, and store the information you discover using a variety of simple methods. Genealogists present ancestral relationships and dates on a Pedigree Chart, commonly referred to as a family tree. Maps will help you visualize the geographic location and living conditions experienced by your ancestors, while a Historical Time-Line Chart puts family events into context with what happened in the nation in the same year. Create a loose-leaf binder that functions as a working notebook that you can carry with you to oral interviews, the library, the cemetery, and other places where you conduct research.

How valid are the sources you uncover? Keep in mind what you already know about your family. If you're not familiar with the place where an event happened, look further into the history, geography, and culture of the area. Bonus: Unique uses of genealogy findings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402731136
  • Publisher: Chapelle
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: For the First Time Ser.
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Genealogy for the first time 8
Introduction 8
How to use this book 9
Section 1 Genealogy basics 10
Where do I start? 12
What information do I already have? 14
What are primary & secondary sources? 18
Section 2 Basic research techniques 20
What are the basic steps of genealogy? 22
How do I start? 24
Where can I find certain facts? 26
How do I keep a research log? 28
How do I obtain information from my family? 30
What is a pedigree chart? 32
What is a family group sheet? 36
How do I evaluate my findings? 38
How do I cite my sources? 40
How should I file my findings? 42
How can a computer help my research? 44
How can the internet help my research? 46
What can I find in the Family History Library? 48
What is a Family History Center? 50
What can I find in the Library of Congress? 51
Section 3 Beyond the basics 52
What is a chain of evidence? 54
What are compiled sources? 56
What can I find in a family Bible? 58
How do I use census records? 60
How can I use maps for researching? 64
How can photographs help my research? 68
What are the differences in cemeteries? 70
What information can I find in cemeteries? 72
What information can I find in church records? 74
What can I learn from land records? 76
What can I learn from tax records? 78
What can I learn from military records? 80
What can I learn from wills & probate records? 82
What can I find in early newspapers? 84
How can I use immigration records & passenger lists? 86
How can I use naturalization & citizenship records? 88
Section 4 Unique uses of genealogy findings 90
Genograms 92
Family photography 96
Heritage scrapbooking 100
Historic homes 104
Glossary 108
Bibliography 110
Internet resources 110
Index 112
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