Family History for Beginners

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[[Image:Merthyr Tydfil Central Library family history room.JPG|thumb|right|180px|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 [[How to Guess Where to Start|decide where to look first]] for a puzzling:<br>  
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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:&nbsp;
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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:  
  
 
*[[Family group record: roadmap for researchers|Family group record: roadmap for researchers]]  
 
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*[[Use the Information#Evaluate_the_Evidence|Evaluate the Evidence]]  
 
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*[[Research a Family in Community Context|Research a Family in Community Context]]&nbsp;
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*[[Genealogical Proof Standard|Genealogical Proof Standard]]&nbsp;
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*[[United States Census Analyzing Census Data|Analyzing Census Data]]&nbsp;*  
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*See the category page [[:Category:Research Analysis|Research Analysis]] for a complete list of articles that are related to analyzing your research.
 
*See the category page [[:Category:Research Analysis|Research Analysis]] for a complete list of articles that are related to analyzing your research.
  
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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:

Glossaries that help

Three glossaries to help with your research and understanding of the Wiki: