Family History for Beginners

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== Featured Content  ==
 
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[[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:<br><br>  
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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:<br>
  
[[How to Guess Where to Start|'''How to Guess Where to Start''']]
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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:  
 
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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Contents

Featured Content

Merthyr Tydfil Central Library family history room.JPG
Deciding Where to Start

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 Tools

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.

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


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: