Family History for Beginners

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== Deciding Where to Start  ==
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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]].
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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>  
 
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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:
 
 
*[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: