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Compiling the Fourth Generation

Compiling the Fourth Generation

As you compile your first three generations it is likely some of the persons you are documenting may still be alive depending on your age. As you move on to the fourth generation most of them will have passed away. All of my grandparents (3rd generation) were deceased by the time I was 15 years old. In my childhood I had only one great-grandparent (4th generation) living and she was very dear to me and … Read entire article »

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Compiling the Third Generation

Compiling the Third Generation

Compiling your first and second generations assists you in building skills and understanding the tools and document types that are helpful in building a correct family history. Using your personal family history software on your desktop is important. As have learned there are many online trees and global trees that have been shared by numerous people. Not everyone has taken the time to learn the skills and taken classes that assist in analyzing research. You are … Read entire article »

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Compiling the Second Generation

Compiling the Second Generation

After you have gathered and compiled your first generation you begin to recognize tools and documents that will assist you as you begin work on the second generation. At this point I recommend you have a desktop computer software application to assist you with organization. One that will interface with FamilySearch and other websites is recommended. Using a software program will assist in organization and quick retrieval of your data. I use Celebrating My Family Tree … Read entire article »

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Compiling the First Generation

Compiling the First Generation

Many people who become involved in family history research look at what other people have already completed on their common lines and then begin research where the first blank appears. There is a reason that Grandma or Aunt Clara stopped where they did. It was hard research! As you prepare yourself to do hard research get yourself trained to do it right from the beginning. First things first. Compile and document your 1st Generation first. Your story, … Read entire article »

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It’s a Four-Generation Celebration

It’s a Four-Generation Celebration

Family History is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not yet been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one. Simply, learn to do it right the first time and fix it right for future generations and you will have some great (fun and interesting) training … Read entire article »

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It’s a Four-Generation Celebration

Family History is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one. Simply, learn to do it right the first time and fix it right for future generations and you will have some great (fun and interesting) training material for them when they are ready to begin. Training is imperative and every person must begin with the first four generations. You simply cannot learn what is needed if you start your research where someone else left off. This week we start a series of discussions that will be of interest to the beginner and anyone who wants to leave a legacy for others … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Vital Record Substitutes

Question: If you can’t find a vital record in the United States what can you do? Answer: Here are a couple of ideas to help when vital records are hard to find. To figure when civil registration of vital records began is a specific state you can look  ”Redbook” available online through Ancestry. While civil registration is a relatively new tool for learning about ancestors vital recordings there is still hope. Church records are full of great stuff! Different religious organizations had emphasis on different practices but this is a great place to start. Identify the church your ancestor may have attended. Then learn if the records are kept locally or archived regionally. The FamilySearch Library Catalog has large collections of church records be sure to check there. Check for guides to the church … Read entire article »

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Important Websites to Help Your Research – Part Five

Important Websites to Help Your Research – Part Five

In this final article in this series, we will cover one of the most important parts of any genealogical research. There are basically three things you need to know to identify an ancestor: a name, a date and a place. Of these three, the most important, by far is the place. Names can vary over time and be spelled in a multiple of ways. Dates can be vague or unavailable. In order to find an … Read entire article »

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Beyond Death Certificates – The Documents that Accompany Death

Many genealogical researchers are under the impression that death certificates are practically the only way to determine the date of death of an ancestor. On the contrary, death certificates are not the only methods of determining death information, but in fact, they are a rather recent development in the world of record-keeping. For example, some of the Western states of the United States did not keep consistent death records until the 1900s. For a quick way to determine the earliest dates of governmental maintained death records is to view the FamilySearch.org Research Wiki on the subject of vital records for each of the states and counties in the United States. If we examine the sequence of events that usually occur subsequent to the death of an individual, we can find that … Read entire article »

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Important Websites to Help Your Research – Part Four

In our first three posts on this subject, we listed a few websites in categories that were somewhat related. In this post we will mention a number of websites that have general genealogical interest and give the reasons for including them in the list since they mostly do not fall into distinct categories. When compiling such a list it is sometime hard to know when to stop. That is likely the reason for some “Top Forty” and other types of classifications. These particular websites seem to be among those we have most visited and that alone is the criteria for inclusion. Here is the list. National Archives and Records Administration of the United States The National Archives of the United States hold many genealogically valuable records including military records, census records, immigration … Read entire article »

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