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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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