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'''Start with yourself''' - then work backwards through one generation at a time<br>This is your key to success.&nbsp; Work back from yourself, generation by generation linking each person&nbsp;and the source information/documentation to the record. Start with any&nbsp;family papers&nbsp;or stories you may have or interview older family members.&nbsp; You may have to record this interview and transcribe it to paper later.&nbsp;&nbsp;This can be&nbsp;a valuable resource.&nbsp; Use family records, papers and photographs&nbsp;as the foundation on which&nbsp;you build your research.
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After you have gathered information from family sources, the next step is to locate public documents referring to your ancestor.
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*These may include birth, marriage or death certificates which are completed by the civil authorities and which record details of these events and other related information.
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*Wills, newspaper obituaries, local histories, pension and military records are all potential sources of information which can help provide information to assist in your search. This information is also of value in itself, of course, insofar as it can give background and colour to your ancestor.<br>
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Revision as of 19:45, 26 March 2011

Click here to return to the Mesa Family History Center

Introduction

The intended purpose for this page is to address the need of anyone new to family history or has been doing family history for years but need assistance with research, use of internet sites and "how-to" organization.  This is an online resource.  You could call it "One Stop Shopping" as this will be the only page you need to remember al the Mesa Family History Centers tools and aids are available from this page.

Who should use this page?

Anyone who has an interest in family history research.  This site is one method for locating ancestors, organizing and saving your files to a removable storage device and includes links to online training courses, classroom training and many other things to aid you in your journey.


Research

Start with yourself - then work backwards through one generation at a time
This is your key to success.  Work back from yourself, generation by generation linking each person and the source information/documentation to the record. Start with any family papers or stories you may have or interview older family members.  You may have to record this interview and transcribe it to paper later.  This can be a valuable resource.  Use family records, papers and photographs as the foundation on which you build your research.


After you have gathered information from family sources, the next step is to locate public documents referring to your ancestor.

  • These may include birth, marriage or death certificates which are completed by the civil authorities and which record details of these events and other related information.
  • Wills, newspaper obituaries, local histories, pension and military records are all potential sources of information which can help provide information to assist in your search. This information is also of value in itself, of course, insofar as it can give background and colour to your ancestor.

Research Templates

Tools and Templates

Paperless Organization Tips and Tools

Online Training

Classroom Training

Tools

Summary

Links

See the Regional Family History Centers for information on all of the regional centers.
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