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Computer Skills and Help

How Do I Start Researching My Ancestors


1.Write down what you know.
  • Family Tree Chart
  • Start with yourself. Use the Family Tree Chart above to enter information about you, your parents, grandparents, etc. If you do not know exact dates and places, estimate them. Fill out by memory first and the from records you have at home. NOTE: always use a pencil so corrections are easy to make.
  • For each couple in the Family Tree Chart, fill out a Family Group Chart that will show each of the children in that family.
  • Circle any missing or incomplete information, and decide what/whom you want to find first.

2. Contact your immediate family first:
  • In the step above, note the information that is missing and decide on the family member that might have that information.
  • Record any useful information and stories they provide.
  • Ask about copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates as well as journals, letters, photos, and other records that might be available.
  • Find out if they know other people you should contact.
  • Use this new gathered information to fill in the missing information on your Family Tree Chart and Family Group Charts. This will give you a guide as to where to go next.

3. Search other sources.
  • A guide of places to find family history information can be found Here
  • Gather your records starting with the records you already have, and organize them in one place.
  • Explore online sources starting with FamilySearch.org/search for free access to family history records such as census, birth, death, marriage, military records, etc. See the information below to best learn how to use FamilySearch.org Search.
  • Get personal help by visiting our local FamilySearch family history center for free personal help and many other valuable services. Center staff may also direct you to other local community resources.

4. Visit the FamilySearch Library to:
  • Access Premium Websites to search for records
  • Free access to Ancestry.com, WorldVitalRecords.com, Fold3.com, Find My Past, and more.
  • Personal help to direct you in your research process. Free training classes

5. Sign up for Family Tree:
  • Go to FamilySearch.org and creating an account.
  • Click on Family Tree to start you family tree or see what others have.
  • See the training below for Family Tree

6. Take the newly found information:
  • Add to your pedigree on Family Tree
  • Add children's information to the Person's Page

7. Pick another ancestor/question Repeat.

Research Forms

  • Including pedigree charts, family group records, British, Cana and US Census forms, research log and LOTS more. Click HERE
  • US CENSUS Headings 1790-1860 Click HERE
  • US CENSUS Headings 1870-1930 Click HERE
  • US CENSUS Headings 1940 Click HERE

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Tips for Using FamilySearch.org/search

This is a collection of HISTORICAL Records that spans billions of names across hundreds of collections—including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more. This online database stores all the historical documents and is available for searching. You can instantly search through hundreds of millions of records for information about your ancestors at FamilySearch.org/search AND handout Seaching With FamilySearch
■FamilySearch.org/search protects privacy. No information about living people is publicly available.
■For women, use maiden names to find birth and marriage records, but married names for
census and death information.
■Add five years to life spans
■Try different spellings of a name (Miller, Milr).
■Try different forms of a name (Elizabeth, Liz, Liza).
■Immigrants often changed their names.
■If you can’t find information about a person, look for information about family members.

Getting Started training videos are found atFamilySearch Videos Watch the Getting Started 1, then find 2, 3, 4 listed at right.

FamilyTree

Login into the site to access the training videos and PDFs.

Leland Moon Training

Tips and Tricks

Faster, easier way to attach Records in Family Tree to Entire Families

Family History Consultant Training

Downloads for Consultant Training. Many of the PDFs include active links taking you to the website when viewing on the computer:

Ancestry.com

FindMyPast

Fold3 Tour

MyHeritage.com

WorldVitalRecords.com

Under the advanced search: World Vital Records you can search by birth/marriage/death,census voter lists, court/probate recrods, Collection Title, Recently added collections, by place and more. Read the Advanced Search Help and scroll down page to browse by state, country and collections. The right side bar has Browse by Popular Collections.

Indexing Help Resources

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