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Learn to guess names, places, dates, the best event in a person’s life to research first, and how to guess sources for that event. (beginning family history, beginning genealogy, beginning research, getting started, starting family history, starting genealogy, starting research, how do I start, how to start)
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Five fundamental guessing skills will help you get started on genealogy research. Each involves being able to guess some '''''additional''''' information based on what is already shown on a family group record.
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So, the best way to start is to [[Family_group_record:_roadmap_for_researchers|prepare a family group record]] showing everything you know about the family.
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Learn to guess names, places, dates, the best event in a person’s life to research first, and how to guess sources for that event. (beginning family history, beginning genealogy, beginning research, getting started, starting family history, starting genealogy, starting research, how do I start, how to start).  
  
Then using the partly-completed family group record be able to:
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Five fundamental guessing skills will help you get started on genealogy research. Each involves being able to guess some '''''additional''''' information based on what is already shown on a family group record.
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So, the best way to start is to [[Family group record: roadmap for researchers|prepare a family group record]] showing everything you know about the family. Then using the partly-completed family group record be able to:  
  
 
#[[Guessing a Name Variation|Guess a '''''spelling variation''''']] for every name on that family group.  
 
#[[Guessing a Name Variation|Guess a '''''spelling variation''''']] for every name on that family group.  
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The links above explain how to guess these key pieces of information when they are unknown or uncertain.  
 
The links above explain how to guess these key pieces of information when they are unknown or uncertain.  
  
==Related Content==
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== Related Content ==
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[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event]]  
 
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[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]  
 
[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]  
  
==Related Internet Sites==
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== Related Internet Sites ==
*[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/images/32916_How_Do_I_Start.pdf How Do I Start My Family History?] FamilySearch.org PDF File  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/getting_started How Do I Start My Family History?] FamilySearch.org PDF File  
 
*[http://genealogy.about.com/cs/beginnerscorner/ht/family_tree.htm How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree] Kimberly Powell at About.com  
 
*[http://genealogy.about.com/cs/beginnerscorner/ht/family_tree.htm How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree] Kimberly Powell at About.com  
*[http://www.progenealogists.com/beginners.htm How to Get Started on Your Genealogy] Natalie Cottrill at ProGenealogists.com
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*[http://www.progenealogists.com/beginners.htm How to Get Started on Your Genealogy] Natalie Cottrill at ProGenealogists.com  
*[http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Your Family Tree]
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*[http://www.usgenweb.org/research/starting.shtml Starting Your Genealogy - The Basics] USGenWeb
*[http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/about-research.html Starting Genealogy and Family History Research] U.S. National Archives
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*[http://www.usgenweb.org/research/starting.shtml Starting Your Genealogy - The Basics] USGenWeb  
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Learn to guess names, places, dates, the best event in a person’s life to research first, and how to guess sources for that event. (beginning family history, beginning genealogy, beginning research, getting started, starting family history, starting genealogy, starting research, how do I start, how to start).

Five fundamental guessing skills will help you get started on genealogy research. Each involves being able to guess some additional information based on what is already shown on a family group record.

So, the best way to start is to prepare a family group record showing everything you know about the family. Then using the partly-completed family group record be able to:

  1. Guess a spelling variation for every name on that family group.
  2. Guess a place for every event on that family group.
  3. Guess a date for every event on that family group.
  4. Guess the easiest (and hardest) person and event to research on that family group.
  5. Guess the best record types to use for finding information about any person’s event on that family group.

The links above explain how to guess these key pieces of information when they are unknown or uncertain.

Related Content

Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event

How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor

Start Family History by Writing What Is Known

Rookie Mistakes

Related Internet Sites