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					GENEALOGY! WHERE
   DO I START?
• START SMALL..STAY
  FOCUSED.. DO ONE PIECE
  OF THE PUZZLE AT A TIME.
• START WITH YOURSELF
  AND WRITE DOWN WHAT
  YOU KNOW
• THEN WITH ONE PERSON
  OR FAMILY AND FOCUS ON
  ALL YOU KNOW ABOUT
  THAT PERSON AND FAMILY.
•      USE A CHECK LIST
      NEXT STEP

• CONTACT THE PERSON(S)
  IN YOUR FAMILY ALREADY
  DOING FAMILY HISTORY.
• FILL OUT A PEDIGREE
  CHART. SHOWING YOU AS #
  ONE
• A FAMILY GROUP SHEET
  THEN NEEDS TO BE FILLED
  OUT FOR EACH COUPLE
  LISTED ON PEDIGREE
  CHART
CONTINUING STEPS

• CONTACT LIVING
  RELATIVES.. ASKING THEM
  TO FILL OUT A FAMILY
  GROUP SHEET.
• IF POSSIBLE CONTACT
  OLDEST LIVING RELATIVES
  IN ORDER TO INTERVIEW
  THEM.
• TAKE PICTURES OF
  PICTURES OR DOCUMENTS
       SET GOALS

• Check with family members to
  see if someone had done
  some research, in addition to a
  surname search on Rootsweb,
  Familyseach.org and
  Ancestry.com in case some
  one has put family information
  on the internet. Even do a
  Google search.
     INFORMATION
        NEEDED
• FULL NAME, first, last, middle
  if possible. (Surname in Caps)
• DATES Complete if
  possible…if estimating use
  words “BEF” or “AFT”. Never
  pass an estimated date off as
  exact date.
• PLACES….Town/village,
  County/Province/Shire, State,
  Country in that order. If
  estimating use the word “OF”
  before a place name
       RESEARCH

• RESEARCH PROCESS (form)
• RESEARCH
  LOG/CALENDAR. You don’t
  need “forms”…you can do the
  same thing with a spiral
  notebook or binder.
• Choose a specific record type
  or location
• Keep an accurate record of
  your searches.
     WHAT? WHEN?

• What was searched (document
  #’s, pg #’s, registration #’s;
  complete titles of books with
  authors & pg #’s; film/fiche #’s;
  Version #’s of computer
  programs, etc.
• When was search done (exact
  date you searched/received
  information, certificates, etc.)
• What was found and was not
  found. no sense in duplicating
  efforts.
          WHERE?

• LOCATION OF SEARCH i.e.
  place, archives, census,
  libraries, etc.
• FEES PAID…enter amount
  sent (how paid, check, money.
  If sending away note date
  arrived or never received or no
  record.
         EVALUATE

• EVALUATE ALL NEW
  MATERIAL YOU
  FIND/RECEIVE.
• REEVALUATE your previous
  data—don’t take anything as
  “true” until you’ve verified it.
• DO NOT CHANGE ANY OF
  YOUR INFORMATION JUST
  BECAUSE YOU FIND
  “DIFFERENT” INFO. Record
  your feelings about the
  information.
       REMEMBER

• Remember, don’t take anything
  as absolute fact unless you
  have verified it yourself.
• GIVE CREDIT WHERE
  CREDIT IS DUE. In other
  words record from whom you
  receive information or clues.
• Put most recent contact
  information on family group
  sheets so it is near at hand.
     GOOD LUCK!

• HAVE FUN!
• DON’T FORGET TO SHARE!

				
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