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====Research Tasks====
 
Want more information about a specific locality/topic<br>
 
Organize my genealogy information
 
 
====Contributing Tasks====
 
 
Task: Understand how the wiki is organized (for contributors with a little more experience)
 
 
====Looking for information about a specific locality or topic====
 
 
In the Research Wiki helpful articles are organized in two different ways; by locality or by topic.
 
 
Genealogical sources are usually found in or near the place where a person was born, lived or died.
 
 
You can search for information about a location by typing the location into the search box. You should start with the largest geographic area.
 
 
==Finding information about a specific locality==
 
 
Before you begin a search for information on a specific locality, it is a good idea to verify a connection between your ancestor and the locality. Here are some resources to assist you in finding and verifying locality information.
 
 
*[[A New Genealogy Research Locality Tool]]
 
*[[Locality Subject Subdivisions]]
 
*[[How to Get the Best Research Advice]]
 
*[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event]]
 
*[[How to Guess Where to Start]]
 
*[[How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor]]
 
*[[A Guide to Research]]
 
 
It is always helpful to locate places on a map in order to see relationships and to support or deny a theory about the family's movements. Look at the basic Research Wiki page for [[Maps]]. Remember the online mapping programs.
 
 
==Finding information about a specific topic==
 
 
The Research Wiki is partially organized by topic or subject as well as geographically. But each geographic area in the entire Wiki has its own list of topics. Here is a sample list from the general topic of the United States:
 
*Basic Search Strategies
 
*Record Selection Table
 
*States and Capitols Map
 
*Adoption
 
*African Americans
 
*American Indians
 
*Archives and Libraries
 
*Bible Records
 
*Biography
 
*Cemeteries
 
*Census
 
*Church Records
 
*Correctional Institutions
 
*Court Records
 
*Database Websites
 
*Directories
 
*Emigration and Immigration
 
*Funeral Homes
 
*Gazetteers
 
*Genealogy
 
*Handwriting
 
*Historical Geography
 
*History
 
*Land and Property
 
*Maps
 
*Migration
 
*Military Records
 
*Minorities
 
*Naturalization and Citizenship
 
*Newspapers
 
*Obituaries
 
*Occupations
 
*Periodicals
 
*Probate Records
 
*Societies
 
*Timeline
 
*Taxation
 
*Town Records
 
*Vital Records
 
*Voter Records
 
*Other Records
 
*For Further Reading
 
 
==Organizing your genealogical information==
 
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
*[[Organizing Your Files]]
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*[[Organize the New Records]]
 
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==Understanding how the Wiki is organized==
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==== Stage One: Paper based system  ====
 
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===Research Wiki Frequently Asked Questions===
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====What is genealogy?====
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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]].  
{{Wikipedia|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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==== Stage Two: Using a computer program  ====
  
*[[Principles of Family History Research]]
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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.
  
====What is the goal of genealogical research?====
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Additional resources:
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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*[[Mac Genealogy Software]]
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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*[[Windows Genealogy Software]]
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*[[Genealogy Management Software at Family History Centers]]
  
====Where are the records located?====
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==== Stage Three: Organizing information on your computer  ====
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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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.
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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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*Do you need help finding a specific type of record?
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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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==== Learn more about Organizing Your Genealogy  ====
*[[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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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

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Keys to Success Using the Wiki
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Learn Research Strategies
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Organizing Your Paper Files
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Organizing Your Files On Computer