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=== Step One: What do you know? ===
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=== How to Get Started on Your Quest ===
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*The first step is always to start with yourself, but before you begin, you need to decide '''where you are going to preserve your genealogy?'''
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*Preserve your genealogy by opening a ''free'' account on FamilySearch.org. Click [https://familysearch.org/register/ here] to register.
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*FamilySearch gives you access to your genealogy and the ability to enter new information from any computer in the world.  
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*Other family members can have access to it as well on their computers.
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*Not only is your genealogy preserved forever, but you can preserve photographs, documents, journals, stores and memories so they are not lost to time or natural disaster.
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*You can also print any of the genealogy or memories you have entered for family and friends who may not have internet access.
  
*Start by recording what you know about your family tree on a Pedigree Chart. For a Pedigree chart you can fill out on-line and print, click [http://www.byub.org/ancestors/charts/pdf/pedigree.pdf here]. If you would prefer to fill it in by hand, you can print a blank form.
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=== First Step - Let's Begin With You  ===
  
:*Begin by filling in the form with the facts that you already know about your ancestors.  
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*After you have opened your account, go to the Family Tree.  
:*It will be interesting to see just how much you know and if any of the family legends you have heard have any basis in fact as you begin to verify the names. dates and places.  
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*When the pedigree chart opens you will see your name in the first box on the left.  
:*Putting your material into a computer program is also possible. [[Select computer software|Click here]] for a list of free and commercial genealogy software programs.
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*Click on your name and begin by entering your information in the appropriate places about yourself.
:*You can put your genealogy into a pedigree format at: [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. There is never a fee at this site. Just click on the "FamilyTree" icon on the menu line. It will be necessary to create an account and '''sign in '''
 
  
*FamilySearch.org also has literally '''billions of records and names''' to search to help you fill in the blanks. You can also put your family photographs and histories on this site dedicated to the preserving of all of humanity's genealogy.
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==== Recording Names  ====
  
==== Recording Names  ====
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Follow these guidelines for entering genealogical information:
  
:*'''Use full names when recording names.''' Put "nick" names in parentheses.  
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:*'''Use full names when recording names.''' There will be a place to enter nicknames, titles, and relationships such as Junior, etc.  
 
:*'''Record only the ''maiden names'' for all females'''. You will not be able to trace your grand mother's ancestry with her married name.  
 
:*'''Record only the ''maiden names'' for all females'''. You will not be able to trace your grand mother's ancestry with her married name.  
::*If you know only her first name, you might record, for example: ''Mrs. Jane Smith''.
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::*If you know only her first name, you might record, for example: ''Jane''.<br>
::*If do not know her name, simply record: ''Mrs John Smith''.
 
  
 
==== Recording Dates  ====
 
==== Recording Dates  ====
  
:*'''Record the dates as done in Europe''': ''day, month and year''.
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*'''Record the dates as done in Europe''': ''day, month and year''.  
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*For example: 24 April 2001.
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*As you type the date in Family Search, a menu will appear for you to select your date. This feature is to keep dates in a standard format to facilitate matches with similar names with the same associated dates.
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==== Recording Locations  ====
 
==== Recording Locations  ====
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::*If a person was not born in a city and you know the county, you might record just the county and state: ''Cook, Illinois, USA''.  
 
::*If a person was not born in a city and you know the county, you might record just the county and state: ''Cook, Illinois, USA''.  
 
::*If you only know the state, you will record: ''Illinois, USA''.  
 
::*If you only know the state, you will record: ''Illinois, USA''.  
::*In other parts of the world, locations may be: City, Province, Country. For example: ''Chester, Cheshire, England'' or ''Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico''.  
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::*In other parts of the world, locations may be: City, Province, Country. For example: ''Chester, Cheshire, England'' or ''Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico''.
:*'''Record the location as shown on the earliest record you have of the event'''. Many times the place where a birth took place is in a different county or province today and in some cases even in a different country! For example, a person may have been born in a town which is in Poland today, but the town may have been part of the Kingdom of Prussia when the event took place. Boundary lines change over time in many parts of the United States and the world.
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:*'''Record the location as shown on the earliest record you have of the event'''. Many times the place where a birth took place is in a different county or province today and in some cases even in a different country! For example, a person may have been born in a town which is in Poland today, but the town may have been part of the Kingdom of Prussia when the event took place. Boundary lines change over time in many parts of the United States as well as the rest of the world.
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=== Step Two: Around the house ===
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=== Second Step - Record Family Members ===
  
*After completing the Pedigree Chart as completely as you are able, there will be some blank spaces.  
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*Next enter information on your spouse and your children.
*The information may be somewhere in your home or in the possession of other family members.  
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*Then you enter information about your parents.  
*Boxes or folders can be used to store information that will help you fill the blank spaces such as:
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*Click on '''Add Parent''' and fill in what you know about them.
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*Add your brothers and sisters as well.  
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*It will be interesting to see just how much you know about them.
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=== Records Around the House  ===
  
 
[[Image:Vital Records.jpg|right|250px|Vital Records.jpg]]  
 
[[Image:Vital Records.jpg|right|250px|Vital Records.jpg]]  
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*After filling in as much as you know, Look around the house for documents that will help you fill in the blanks such as:
  
 
:*Certificates - Birth, Marriage, and Death  
 
:*Certificates - Birth, Marriage, and Death  
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:*Photos  
 
:*Photos  
 
:*Diaries, Journals  
 
:*Diaries, Journals  
:*Obituaries, Newspaper articles  
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:*Obituaries, newspaper articles  
 
:*Anything else that might contain family information
 
:*Anything else that might contain family information
  
=== Step Three: Family Group Sheet ===
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*You might consider gathering everything into a box so you can keep track of what you have found.
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=== Smart Researching Procedures  ===
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==== 1. Recording Your Sources of Information ====
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*You should record your sources for the information you record in your genealogy whether it be from a birth certificate, for example, or your own memory.
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:*For example, is the birth date of Aunt Betty from personal knowledge or did you get it from a record in a family bible or was it given to you by a family member's personal knowledge?
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:*You can be sure that in the future you will be grateful that you recorded your sources. While doing genealogy, it is common to meet other distant relatives who will either appreciate your evidence or sometimes challenge your sources.
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:*Recording sources is an important part of doing your genealogy. Check out [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Cite_Your_Sources_(Source_Footnotes) Cite Your Sources].
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==== 2. Create a "To Do List" ====
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*The next step is to create a list of information that you need to fill in the blanks.
  
[[Image:Family Group Record blank side 1.png|right|200px|Family Group Record]]
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*Here you will list in detail the specific pieces of information you are hoping to find. For example: What is the birthday of Aunt Betty?
  
*For each couple on your Pedigree Chart you need to create a [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/b/b1/Family_Group_Record_blank_side_1.png Family Group Record]
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*Then you will write down where you might find that information such as: "Ask my cousin George the birth date of his mother" or "Find aunt Betty's burial location and headstone."
*Here you record not only the names of your direct ancestors but all their children. &nbsp;These people are your aunts, uncles and cousins.
 
  
==== As you fill out these sheets, please consider these crucial steps:  ====
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*Again, record the exactly what pieces of information you need to find and where or how you plan to search for it.
  
===== 1. Record our sources of information  =====
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*Here is a sample [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/51/To_Do_List_for_My_Ancestor.pdf To Do List]
  
With every fact you record on the Pedigree Chart or Family Group Sheet, it is important to record your sources of the information:
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*An additional benefit when asking a specific questions about an ancestor is that it occasionally brings to mind other facts connected to the event. Be prepare to take down additional information.
  
*For example, is the birth date of Aunt Betty from personal knowledge or did you get it from a record in a family bible or was it given to you by a family member's personal knowledge?
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==== 3. Be Precise in Questioning  ====
*You can be sure that in the future you will be grateful that you recorded your sources. While doing genealogy, it is common to meet other distant relatives who will appreciate and sometimes challenge your information.
 
*Recording sources is an important part of doing your genealogy. Check out [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Cite_Your_Sources_(Source_Footnotes) Cite Your Sources].
 
  
===== 2. Create a "To Do List"  =====
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*It is important to be precise in your questions.
  
Rather than carry your partially filled out forms around with you when you go look for information, you might create a “To Do List.<br>
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*Ask for one fact at a time in each question!
  
*Here you will list in detail the specific pieces of information you are hoping to find. For example: What is the birthday of Aunt Betty? Then you will write down where you might find that information such as: "Ask my cousin George the birth date of his mother or, "Find aunt Betty's burial location and headstone."
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*Ask for such things as when was the individual born, where were they born, when did they die, and where were they buried, etc.
*Again, record the specific pieces of information that you need to find and where you plan to search for that information.
 
*Here is a sample of a [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/51/To_Do_List_for_My_Ancestor.pdf To Do List]
 
  
*An additional benefit when asking a family member to reflect upon their memories of a specific ancestor it almost always seems to bring to mind other facts connected to the event. This may not happen if you ask a general question such as: "tell me all you know about Aunt Betty. ''It is very important to be very precise in your questions and only ask for one fact at a time in each question!''. Ask for such things as when was she born, where was she born, when did she die, where is she buried etc.
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*Pay close attention to the responses you get. You might hear some interesting stories which should probably be recorded under Memories In FamilySearch.org.
  
===== 3. Research Logs  =====
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==== 4. Research Logs  ====
  
 
Because you will probably look through thousands of sources over the years it is important to keep track of what you have researched and your results.  
 
Because you will probably look through thousands of sources over the years it is important to keep track of what you have researched and your results.  
  
*If you researched the US Census looking for your Great Grand Father John Smith and did not find him, make a note so you won't waste time looking at it again because you can't remember if you have already looked in it. You can download an example here of a [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Logs Research Logs] or
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*If you had researched the town vital records, for example, looking for your great-grandfather John Smith and did not find him, make a note so you won't waste time looking at it again because you can't remember if you have already looked in it. You can download an example here of a [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Logs Research Logs] or
  
 
[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Keeping_a_Research_Log Keeping a Research Log].  
 
[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Keeping_a_Research_Log Keeping a Research Log].  
  
=== Step Four: Family and Friends  ===
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=== Step Three: Family and Friends  ===
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[[Image:SOS FAMILY.jpg|right|200px|SOS FAMILY.jpg]] Next step in your research is talking to family members and friends of the family to fill in the blanks. They will often have lovely old photographs that you haven't seen that they are willing to share. Make copies for your personal collection.  
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*Next step in your research is talking to family members and friends of the family to fill in the blanks.
  
=== Step Five: How The FamilySearch Wiki Can Help You  ===
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*They will often have lovely old photographs that you haven't seen that they are willing to share.
  
==== [[Find an ancestor using Historical Records|Can the Research Wiki Help]]  ====
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*Make copies for your personal collection and submit them to FamilySearch.org so as to be preserved forever.
  
See [[Resource Checklist|Research Checklist]] for possible place to search.
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=== Step Six: More FamilySearch Wiki Helps  ===
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=== Step Four: How The FamilySearch Wiki Can Help You  ===
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*[[Find an ancestor using Historical Records|Can the Research Wiki Help]]
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*[[Resource Checklist|Research Checklist]] for possible place to search.
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=== Step Five: More FamilySearch Wiki Helps  ===
  
 
*Check out these links:
 
*Check out these links:
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Revision as of 18:34, 5 August 2014

How to Get Started on Your Quest

FamilySearch Logo.jpg
  • The first step is always to start with yourself, but before you begin, you need to decide where you are going to preserve your genealogy?
  • Preserve your genealogy by opening a free account on FamilySearch.org. Click here to register.
  • FamilySearch gives you access to your genealogy and the ability to enter new information from any computer in the world.
  • Other family members can have access to it as well on their computers.
  • Not only is your genealogy preserved forever, but you can preserve photographs, documents, journals, stores and memories so they are not lost to time or natural disaster.
  • You can also print any of the genealogy or memories you have entered for family and friends who may not have internet access.

First Step - Let's Begin With You

  • After you have opened your account, go to the Family Tree.
  • When the pedigree chart opens you will see your name in the first box on the left.
  • Click on your name and begin by entering your information in the appropriate places about yourself.

Recording Names

Follow these guidelines for entering genealogical information:

  • Use full names when recording names. There will be a place to enter nicknames, titles, and relationships such as Junior, etc.
  • Record only the maiden names for all females. You will not be able to trace your grand mother's ancestry with her married name.
  • If you know only her first name, you might record, for example: Jane.

Recording Dates

  • Record the dates as done in Europe: day, month and year.
  • For example: 24 April 2001.

Html7.jpg

  • As you type the date in Family Search, a menu will appear for you to select your date. This feature is to keep dates in a standard format to facilitate matches with similar names with the same associated dates.

Recording Locations

  • To record a location, start from the smallest entity to the largest such as city, county, state, country.
  • For a person born in the USA, an example would be:Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA.
  • If a person was not born in a city and you know the county, you might record just the county and state: Cook, Illinois, USA.
  • If you only know the state, you will record: Illinois, USA.
  • In other parts of the world, locations may be: City, Province, Country. For example: Chester, Cheshire, England or Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico.

Html7.jpg

  • As you type in the location, you will see a menu to select your location. This feature is to keep locations in a standard format to facilitate matches with similar names with the same associated locations.
  • Record the location as shown on the earliest record you have of the event. Many times the place where a birth took place is in a different county or province today and in some cases even in a different country! For example, a person may have been born in a town which is in Poland today, but the town may have been part of the Kingdom of Prussia when the event took place. Boundary lines change over time in many parts of the United States as well as the rest of the world.

Second Step - Record Family Members

  • Next enter information on your spouse and your children.
  • Then you enter information about your parents.
  • Click on Add Parent and fill in what you know about them.
  • Add your brothers and sisters as well.
  • It will be interesting to see just how much you know about them.

Records Around the House

Vital Records.jpg
  • After filling in as much as you know, Look around the house for documents that will help you fill in the blanks such as:
  • Certificates - Birth, Marriage, and Death
  • Bibles
  • Letters
  • Photos
  • Diaries, Journals
  • Obituaries, newspaper articles
  • Anything else that might contain family information
  • You might consider gathering everything into a box so you can keep track of what you have found.

Smart Researching Procedures

1. Recording Your Sources of Information

  • You should record your sources for the information you record in your genealogy whether it be from a birth certificate, for example, or your own memory.
  • For example, is the birth date of Aunt Betty from personal knowledge or did you get it from a record in a family bible or was it given to you by a family member's personal knowledge?
  • You can be sure that in the future you will be grateful that you recorded your sources. While doing genealogy, it is common to meet other distant relatives who will either appreciate your evidence or sometimes challenge your sources.
  • Recording sources is an important part of doing your genealogy. Check out Cite Your Sources.

2. Create a "To Do List"

  • The next step is to create a list of information that you need to fill in the blanks.
  • Here you will list in detail the specific pieces of information you are hoping to find. For example: What is the birthday of Aunt Betty?
  • Then you will write down where you might find that information such as: "Ask my cousin George the birth date of his mother" or "Find aunt Betty's burial location and headstone."
  • Again, record the exactly what pieces of information you need to find and where or how you plan to search for it.
  • An additional benefit when asking a specific questions about an ancestor is that it occasionally brings to mind other facts connected to the event. Be prepare to take down additional information.

3. Be Precise in Questioning

  • It is important to be precise in your questions.
  • Ask for one fact at a time in each question!
  • Ask for such things as when was the individual born, where were they born, when did they die, and where were they buried, etc.
  • Pay close attention to the responses you get. You might hear some interesting stories which should probably be recorded under Memories In FamilySearch.org.

4. Research Logs

Because you will probably look through thousands of sources over the years it is important to keep track of what you have researched and your results.

  • If you had researched the town vital records, for example, looking for your great-grandfather John Smith and did not find him, make a note so you won't waste time looking at it again because you can't remember if you have already looked in it. You can download an example here of a Research Logs or

Keeping a Research Log.


Step Three: Family and Friends

SOS FAMILY.jpg
  • Next step in your research is talking to family members and friends of the family to fill in the blanks.
  • They will often have lovely old photographs that you haven't seen that they are willing to share.
  • Make copies for your personal collection and submit them to FamilySearch.org so as to be preserved forever.

Step Four: How The FamilySearch Wiki Can Help You


Step Five: More FamilySearch Wiki Helps

  • Check out these links:
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