Organize your genealogy

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As you begin your genealogical research, you may soon find the need to organize the information you find. There are many ways to organize genealogical information and you need to find a method that is most helpful to you personally.
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====Research Tasks====
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*[[Organizing Your Files]]
Want more information about a specific locality/topic<br>
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*[[Document AS YOU GO!]]
Organize my genealogy information
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*[[Family History for Beginners]]
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*[[Organize the New Records]]
  
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==== Stage One: Paper based system  ====
  
Task: Understand how the wiki is organized (for contributors with a little more experience)
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Many genealogists start out with a paper based system. The basic forms are a Family Group Record and a Pedigree Chart. There are a number of websites that provide free downloadable copies of the basic forms for starting your investigations. [[Research Forms|Here is a link to a summary of many available forms]].
  
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==== Stage Two: Using a computer program  ====
  
In the Research Wiki helpful articles are organized in two different ways; by locality or by topic.
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After becoming more involved, you may move to a computer based genealogy program. There are many types of programs available for both the Apple operating systems and the Windows operating systems. There are also programs for tablet computers and smartphones.  
  
Genealogical sources are usually found in or near the place where a person was born, lived or died.
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Additional resources:
  
You can search for information about a location by typing the location into the search box. You should start with the largest geographic area.
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*[[Mac Genealogy Software]]
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*[[Windows Genealogy Software]]
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*[[Genealogy Management Software at Family History Centers]]
  
==Finding information about a specific locality==
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==== Stage Three: Organizing information on your computer  ====
  
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Once you begin to enter genealogical information into your computer, you will find a lot of additional information to store. Most of the genealogical database programs will provide a way to attach sources and media to an individual and a family.
  
==Organizing your genealogical information==
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==== Learn more about Organizing Your Genealogy  ====
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==Understanding how the Wiki is organized==
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===Research Wiki Frequently Asked Questions===
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====What is genealogy?====
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Genealogy is the process of discovering information about your family in an organized fashion. Further, it is a collection of tools, methodologies and procedures for organizing and analyzing the information that you find.
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Related Research Wiki Articles
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*[[Principles of Family History Research]]
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====What is the goal of genealogical research?====
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The goal of genealogical research is to compile, as accurately as possible, an organized collection of information about your family.
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====Where do I find information about my family?====
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Records about individuals and families are found in records maintained by those individuals, those families, civil governments, social organizations, religious organizations,
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====Where are the records located?====
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Records with information about your family might be located anywhere your family may have lived. Most genealogical records are associated with a geographic location but they can also be located according to the political jurisdiction at the time the event occurred.
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====What is the Research Wiki?====
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The Research Wiki is a huge collection of short articles about how to find your family and where to look for information about where to find ancestors.
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====How can I use the Research Wiki?====
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*Are you looking for information about doing genealogy or family history?
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*Are you looking for information about finding a specific ancestor?
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*Do you need help organizing your research?
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*Did you want to find out about the Research Wiki?
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====How is the Research Wiki organized?====
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The Research Wiki has information in three major categories:
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*Information about the Research Wiki itself
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*Information about genealogical resources organized by location
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*Information about genealogical resources organized by subject matter
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Relevant Research Wiki Articles:<br>
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*[[FamilySearch Research Wiki: Why I Participate]]
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====How do I find information in the Research Wiki?====
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The Research Wiki is basically a searchable collection of articles about genealogy. You do this by entering search terms such as place names, types of source documents, or other words in the search boxes on nearly every page.
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Here are some Research Wiki Articles on searching:
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*[[Help:Searching]]
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*[[Search for Articles in the FamilySearch Research Wiki]]
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*[[Help:Basic Searches]]
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*[[Select Records to Search]]
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Revision as of 15:58, 11 February 2013

As you begin your genealogical research, you may soon find the need to organize the information you find. There are many ways to organize genealogical information and you need to find a method that is most helpful to you personally.

Contents

Stage One: Paper based system

Many genealogists start out with a paper based system. The basic forms are a Family Group Record and a Pedigree Chart. There are a number of websites that provide free downloadable copies of the basic forms for starting your investigations. Here is a link to a summary of many available forms.

Stage Two: Using a computer program

After becoming more involved, you may move to a computer based genealogy program. There are many types of programs available for both the Apple operating systems and the Windows operating systems. There are also programs for tablet computers and smartphones.

Additional resources:

Stage Three: Organizing information on your computer

Once you begin to enter genealogical information into your computer, you will find a lot of additional information to store. Most of the genealogical database programs will provide a way to attach sources and media to an individual and a family.

Learn more about Organizing Your Genealogy

Thumb Icon of two keys on a keyring Resized.png
Keys to Success Using the Wiki
Thumb Research Guide Resized.png
Learn Research Strategies
Thumb Open folder.png
Organizing Your Paper Files
Thumb Book on Monitor Resized.png
Organizing Your Files On Computer