This article is the fourth in a series on how family history consultants can get ward members started with their family history research. These articles are based on information found in a new infographic that was developed by FamilySearch.
This infographic provides 12 simple steps to use to help people with little or no family history experience begin gathering and organizing their family information. Visit this web link to view the infographic as a complete step-by-step process.
Step 8: Find the Missing Information
Look at what you have gathered so far. See where the blanks are. Are you missing any important information?
- Full names of each person
- Dates for each birth, marriage, and death.
- Locations where these events took place
- Other family members?
As you review what you have gathered, look for inconsistencies in trends and patterns. For example, you many see that a couple has been producing children fairly consistently every two or three years. If you notice a period of 5 or 6 years with no children and then a resumption of births, that should be a clue that a child may have been born and died in early childhood. Or perhaps you have a couple who have been married for two or three decades but list no children. This could be a clue that children have not been located and recorded for that couple. Patterns like these are often clues that valuable information may be missing.
Step 9: Begin Searching for Additional Information
If you find areas where information could be missing, begin searching on the FamilySearch website and see what additional information you can find.
One useful tool in FamilySearch is the Search Records link. This link is located on a person’s details page. It will take the information you already have for a person and will automatically locate other records within the FamilySearch database that could be a match for that person. This link will often help you find other records that may contain the names of parents, siblings and other relatives. This is a great way to begin gathering more additional records with more useful information.
Another useful tool is the Possible Duplicates link. Clicking the Possible Duplicates link will bring up any other records in the FamilySearch database that could exist for your person. By merging duplicate records for same people, you may find that additional useful information can be added from one of the other records.
In our next article we will discuss steps 10, 11, and 12. In step 10 Step we will talk about documenting the information you find. In step 11 we will talk about continuing your search for new information. Step 12 will talk about using FamilySearch.org to submit names to the temple for temple so that temple ordinance work can be completed.