Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Before the Hands-on Search

Getting Started with Genealogy: Before the Hands-on Search

This blog  is for a genealogy workshop on March 29 and March 30, 2011 at Wadsworth Library in Geneseo.  These links should help you get started with your search.  

 The Armchair Genealogist: How Do I Start My Family Tree?
These hints provide some starting points for your research:  where to start, where to find answers to questions about your family, where to find free resources and other help for your research.

About.com Genealogy: Top 10 Tips for finding Alternate Surname Spellings & Variations http://genealogy.about.com/od/name_changes/tp/spellings.htm
Yes, you know how to spell your surname.  But not everyone else does.  Suggestions for finding variations on the “right “  way to spell that name.

These  ”family” forms are handy when doing your research.
The Ancestor Location form provides spaces for basic information from your parents through all 8 great grandparents. Good reference sheet for basic facts as you search for more information.
The Ancestor Form has space for names, birth and death and marriage, cities, dates of a person and his/her parents and grandparents.  Useful in gathering information as you work.

This is an indispensable toolbar for genealogy!  It provides all the tools you will need at your fingertips.  Download this great toolbar! 

For Your information:

Vital Records….records of births, deaths and marriages

     Census have been conducted by individual states as well as by the Federal Government.  Ex. Mass. 1865.

That should get you started!