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Getting Started in Genealogy Research

Getting Started

  • If you are just getting started, complete a pedigree chart and a family group record for yourself. On the
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    pedigree chart, list your name first, then your parents’ names, and so on. If you are married, complete two family group records—one showing you as a husband or wife and the other showing you as a child.
  • After you have completed these forms for yourself and your immediate family, begin gathering information about the ancestors who are easiest to identify. Generally, this does not require skill in genealogical research. The most important thing you need is the desire to provide the saving ordinances of the gospel to those in the spirit world waiting to receive them.
  • Gather Information about Your Ancestors
  • If you are just beginning to identify your ancestors, you may want to start by finding information about your parents and grandparents. Get their full names, birth, marriage and death dates and the locations where these events happened.
  • Wherever you start, there are three things you can do that will help you identify your ancestors: look through your family records, check with other family members and start your own research to find their records.

Look through Your Family Records

  • Look in your home and contact relatives to find family records that have already been gathered and organized. You may find such records as pedigree charts and family group records; birth, marriage, and death certificates; family Bibles; obituaries; family histories; diaries; and journals.
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  • When gathering information about your ancestors, coordinate your efforts with relatives. This will make your work easier; help ensure that names, dates, and places are complete and accurate; and minimize duplication of effort

Record Your Information

  • Pedigree charts and family group records are standard forms you can use to record your information and organize your family records. Read the Use Appropriate Forms article
  • Pedigree charts are used to list your direct ancestors for several generations. Some pedigree charts include boxes you can mark to show which temple ordinances have been performed.
  • Family group records are used to list all members of an ancestor’s family along with information such as dates and places of births, marriages, and ordinances. You can use completed family group records to type information into computer programs such as TempleReady or Personal Ancestral File.
  • Complete a family group record for each couple listed on your pedigree chart.

What Do I Do Now?

  • Go to the next article in the series “Locating Someone”.

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