Monday, August 07, 2017

Handout for Genealogy Newbies

Hope this handout which I'm going to utilize in my presentation on Wednesday, will be helpful to others, as well, who are just starting down that trail of research. A link for this document (PDF) can also be found at https://www.scribd.com/document/355783768/SRB-Genealogy-GSOC


My Family History: How Do I Begin?

1. It’s as easy as realizing that you already know something about your family history!
2. It’s crucial to write down (or record) what you know so that you can see WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW.

This is why, in the old days, we filled out “pedigree” or “ancestor” charts. Of course you can still choose those forms, if you want. You can even download them free on the Internet. https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Genealogy_Research_Forms is just one website among many that will let you download free charts.

There are also websites that will let you build a family tree on the Internet. If you utilize this tool, be sure you do not post information on your living relatives. Here are some options for creating your family tree online:

  • https://familysearch.org/
  • http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder
  • https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/
  • https://www.wikitree.com/
  • www.findmypast.com

There are other online family trees, but the ones I have given you are among the most popular and reliable.

Other websites you will want to look at:
  1. http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/best-cemetery-directory-sites-2016
  2. https://www.werelate.org
  3. https://familysearch.org/blog/en/started-family-history/
  4. http://www.findmypast.com/content/10-tips-to-start-your-family-history-journey
  5. YouTube.com (search for genealogy or “family history”) Many videos!
  6. Wikipedia.org (search places, towns, and more)
  7. Beginners’ Guide to Genetic Genealogy: https://isogg.org/wiki/Beginners'_guides_to_genetic_genealogy
  8. Google Earth and/or maps.google.com
  9. books.google.com
  10. worldcat.org
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Looking for a good book about Genealogy? Search www.amazon.com.

Finding ancestral trails begins and ends with three important pieces of information: Who? When? Where? Apply these questions to every vital life event: Birth, Marriage, Death; (aka batch, match, and dispatch)!

We are looking for the name of your ancestor as it would have occurred at the time of his birth; we want to guestimate his date of birth if we don’t already know it. We need to know a general idea of where that event occurred, if possible. Newspapers are a possible source, family Bibles, birth announcement cards and maybe you can glean some info from a photograph or two.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A Reason to Do Family History

  •  A reason to do genealogy and seek out your family history:   
  It has never been more important to know your family's health history.  Read the article here and 
  1. Start sending for death certificates.  
  2. Dig about in the attics and basements for clues about meds your family member took.
  3. Investigate stories that might include information about the ancestors' health, especially pension applications...or whatever you can find.  
  4. And for Pete's (or whoever's) sake, talk to living relatives, especially older living relatives...even if they are distant relatives.  
  5. Find county histories and speak to old-timers in the are where your relatives lived.  Review newspapers and photographs.  Learn the signs (physical signs) of genetic diseases and consult medical dictionaries if you have questions.
  6. Recently I was working on an indexing project which dealt with field hospitals and in this case, a particular hospital that treated the diseases and sicknesses of both local folks and the soldiers coming out of the 1865 civil war fighting.  Names, ages, and the disease or cause of their being at the medical facility were recorded.  This source was not specially tied to genetic disease, but reminded me that our ancestors suffered in a time that the existence of antiseptics had not yet made an appearance.  There was no such thing as a deterrent or cure for typhoid.  We are linked to those ancestral experiences if only through DNA.  Let science and technology become a part of your family history, now. 
 
 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

What is an Historical Document? What Types of Records Are We Interested In?

Marriage License (May be Online at a State Web Site, Ancestry.com or FamilySearch); I once located a bunch of marriage records that an individual had scanned and uploaded to the Internet.  The marriage license (a copy of the original) can often be located online.  Or, you can write the depository where your State Records are stored.

Where Can I Write for Vital Records?



 This is a pretty standard form for death certificates.  

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Challenge Your Brain Every Day

http://www.funtrivia.com/email/play.cfm?egroup=1558938&tmp=1493345111


Trivia quizzes and other brain games will help you to stay sharp, mentally.  Genealogy/Family History research will do very well for mental calisthenics, also. 

1.  You know when and where your ancestor was born.  What was his occupation?  Where can you find that information?  
2.  Where can you find a source that explains the "titles" or names of different occupations?

Check back in my next post for the answers to that and other questions!  But first, Google or search online!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Genea-Musings

Genea-Musings  

If you are aiming to be a dedicated researcher and family history finder, then you should subscribe via e-mail to this blog.

When I read it, I always come away with new ideas and enthusiasm.  Let me know what you think!

Randy Seaver Rocks!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Cute idea--Do you have a spouse who wants to spout off?

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/columnists/genealogy/confessions-of-a-genealogist-s-spouse/article_e40e841c-0a4e-5c21-86cc-6fc7364acb06.html#tncms-source=article-nav-prev

At least, I find this humorous.  I was known to drag my husband in and out of cemeteries and archives, on occasion.  Do you relate?  (No pun intended).

More often, I left him home to fend for himself and make dinner for the Kid. 

Ed in the Kitchen, Having Fun