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== Getting started in family history research ==
  
[[Image:Merthyr Tydfil Central Library family history room.JPG|thumb|right]] If you are wondering where to get started in your family history research, the following articles will help you with this decision:
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Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This page provides links to articles about basic [[Principles of Family History Research|principles of family history research]].
  
[[How to Guess Where to Start|'''How to Guess Where to Start''']]  
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#[[Identify What You Know|Identify What You Know]]
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#[[Decide What You Want to Learn|Decide What You Want to Learn]]
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#[[Select Records to Search|Select Records to Search]]
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#[[Obtain and Search the Records|Obtain and Search the Records]]
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#[[Use the Information|Use the Information]]<br>
  
*[[Guessing a Name Variation|Guessing a Name Variation]]
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== Deciding Where to Start Looking  ==
*[[Guessing a Date|Guessing a Date]]
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*[[Guessing a Place|Guessing a Place]]
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*[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event]]
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*[[Guessing a Record Type to Use|Guessing a Record Type to Use]]
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== Research Tools  ==
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[[Image:Merthyr Tydfil Central Library family history room.JPG|thumb|right|180px]] Wondering where to start with a challenging name or date in your family history research? One of the following articles can help you [[How to Guess Where to Start|decide where to look first]] for a puzzling:<br>
  
Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This page will provide links to articles about general research topics.
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*[[Guessing a Name Variation|Name Variation]]
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*[[Guessing a Date|Date]]
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*[[Guessing a Place|Place]]
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*[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Easiest to Research Person and Event]]
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*[[Guessing a Record Type to Use|Record Type to Use]]
  
[[Principles of Family History Research|'''Principles of Family History Research''']]
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#[[Identify What You Know|Identify What You Know]]
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== Research Analysis  ==
#[[Decide What You Want to Learn|Decide What You Want to Learn]]
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#[[Select Records to Search|Select Records to Search]]
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#[[Obtain and Search the Records|Obtain and Search the Records]]
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#[[Use the Information|Use the Information]]
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In addition to the articles listed above, the following articles may provide additional ideas for participating in family history activities:  
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There are several articles in FamilySearch Wiki that explain how to correlate, corroborate, interpret, and evaluate research, records, and information to determine their relevance, authenticity, reliability, and accuracy, and how to deal with contradictory evidence:&nbsp;
  
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*[[Family group record: roadmap for researchers|Family group record: roadmap for researchers]]
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*[[Use the Information#Evaluate_the_Evidence|Evaluate the Evidence]]
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*[[Research a Family in Community Context|Research a Family in Community Context]]&nbsp;
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*[[Genealogical Proof Standard|Genealogical Proof Standard]]&nbsp;
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*[[United States Census Analyzing Census Data|Analyzing Census Data]]&nbsp;*
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*See the category page [[:Category:Research Analysis|Research Analysis]] for a complete list of articles that are related to analyzing your research.
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</span>In addition to the articles listed above, the following articles may provide additional ideas for participating in family history activities: </div>
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*[[A Guide to Research|A Guide to Research]]
 
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research]]  
 
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research]]  
 
*[[Civil Government Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates|Civil Government Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates]]  
 
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*[[United States Census Analyzing Census Data|Analyzing Census Data]]
  
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== Glossaries that help<br> ==
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Three glossaries to help with your research and understanding of the Wiki:
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Attending a local family history conference can be helpful in learning new skills for family history research. Be sure to check the news and events section of the locality page where you live to see a list of events that are in your area.
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*[[Genealogical Dictionary of Legal Terms]]
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Several sites on the Internet have online tutorials for family history. The following are just a few of those that may be helpful as you get started in family history:  
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*[http://www.graonline.com/cgi-bin/gra/getdescr?-1+0+-1+English+header4+education+trailer Genealogy Research Associates]
 
*[http://261.byu.edu/index.html BYU's Introduction to Family History Online Lesson]
 
*[http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/courses/freecourses.cfm BYU's Free Family History Tutorials]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rwguide/index.html RootsWeb's Guides to Tracing Family Trees]
 
*[http://genealogy.about.com/od/free_classes/ About.com's List of Free Online Genealogy Classes, Lessons, and Programs]
 
*[http://www.genealogy.com/university.html Genealogy.com's Genealogy Classes]
 
*[http://www.dearmyrtle.com/lessons.htm DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Lessons]
 
 
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Contents

Getting started in family history research

Numerous articles are available on FamilySearch Wiki to help you get started in family history. This page provides links to articles about basic principles of family history research.

  1. Identify What You Know
  2. Decide What You Want to Learn
  3. Select Records to Search
  4. Obtain and Search the Records
  5. Use the Information

Deciding Where to Start Looking

Merthyr Tydfil Central Library family history room.JPG
Wondering where to start with a challenging name or date in your family history research? One of the following articles can help you decide where to look first for a puzzling:


Research Analysis

There are several articles in FamilySearch Wiki that explain how to correlate, corroborate, interpret, and evaluate research, records, and information to determine their relevance, authenticity, reliability, and accuracy, and how to deal with contradictory evidence: 


In addition to the articles listed above, the following articles may provide additional ideas for participating in family history activities:

Did you know?

Organizing and documenting the research that you do is a key concept for both beginners and seasoned family history researchers. The following articles will help you understand this important process:

Glossaries that help

Three glossaries to help with your research and understanding of the Wiki: