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= Finding my ancestor using the wiki  =
 
= Finding my ancestor using the wiki  =
  
The Wiki can be a useful tool in locating our ancestors. Although it is not a place where you will find a specific name, going through a process of searching and following links can lead researchers to the needed information.  Following are examples showing how resources in the Wiki led to successful searches that would help lead a researcher to his/her needed information.
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The Wiki can be a useful tool in locating our ancestors. Although it is not a place where you will find a specific name, going through a process of searching and following links can lead researchers to the needed information. &nbsp; <br>
  
[[Image:Example1 Using vital records.jpg|left|Example1 Using vital records.jpg]]
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Excellent advice for this process and information for a researcher can be found on:  
 
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<br>Excellent advice for this process and information for a researcher can be found on:  
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*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki.]]  
 
*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki.]]  
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*[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]
 
*[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]
  
To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor, you will need to know:
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To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor,&nbsp;
  
 
*What you are trying to find, such as:
 
*What you are trying to find, such as:
  
:*Vital records  
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:*Think about what you want to know about the ancestor<br>
:*Where they lived
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:*Consider the location where that event may have happened
:*How they got to that locality
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:*Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
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:*Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
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:*Think about the record trail that we all leave behind
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*It is helpful to know:
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A time period
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A possible location
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Following are examples showing how resources in the Wiki led to successful searches that would help lead a researcher to his/her needed information.
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[[Image:Example using vital records.jpg|left|Example using vital records.jpg]]<br>
  
*The name of the ancestor. &nbsp;Remember that there may be more than one spelling.
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*A good idea of their locality
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*A time period&nbsp;
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[[Image:Example_Finding_Information_about_a_locality.jpg|center]][[Image:Finding_a_person.jpg|right]]<br>

Revision as of 01:06, 30 April 2012

Finding my ancestor using the wiki

The Wiki can be a useful tool in locating our ancestors. Although it is not a place where you will find a specific name, going through a process of searching and following links can lead researchers to the needed information.  

Excellent advice for this process and information for a researcher can be found on:

To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor, 

  • What you are trying to find, such as:
  • Think about what you want to know about the ancestor
  • Consider the location where that event may have happened
  • Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
  • Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
  • Think about the record trail that we all leave behind
  • It is helpful to know:

A time period

A possible location


Following are examples showing how resources in the Wiki led to successful searches that would help lead a researcher to his/her needed information.

Example using vital records.jpg


Example Finding Information about a locality.jpg
Finding a person.jpg