Welcome to Beginners Grin and Dare It
Sometimes Genealogical research can be intimidating to a beginner.
The object of this page is to simplify the process as much as possible
including links to assist you in your new adventure.
- Contact relatives for information. Begin the writing pyramid by starting with known relatives and, after gleaning the information they know, ask them for addresses or phone numbers of other relatives who might be helpful. If relatives say "I don't know anything", try the Rudyard Kipling approach "I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all I knew. Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who." You might make your questions more specific such as: Who is oldest relative you can remember? Where did your family live? What funerals do you remember going to? How do you know this information? Do you have old letters or documents? Why do you think your family moved? What did your family do for a living? What religion do you think they were? Any war heroes?
- Make it fun for a family night. Have a scavenger hunt asking the family to scatter and find certificates, bible records, any other documents relating to family; immediate and ancestors
- Collect information from other sources, remembering that this information is only as correct as the sources used. You will always want to learn the sources used or double check in case the information has been passed down like the old telephone game we played as children where the last sentence is totally different than the first. You may wish to try some of the following websites.
You may be using this page as a sandbox to create new articles. If so, that is great! If not, you may want to move the above information to your user page or create an article for it. Nice work!
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Again, welcome! Kara 20:26, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
Problem with United States Land and Property
I got your message about the US Land and Property page. I don’t know if anything I did caused the unwanted changes. When I create unPortal pages and move the content, I may make minor wording changes, combine similar information under one heading, or rearrange the order of the page, but I make sure I move everything from the portal page to the new page - except subjects or headings that don’t have any content. I make sure any broken links are fixed. Of course, that doesn’t mean I haven’t made mistakes.
Please let me know what information is missing and I will see what I can do to fix the problem.