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Learn to guess names, places, dates, the best event in a person’s life to research first, and how to guess sources for that event. (beginning family history, beginning genealogy, beginning research, getting started, starting family history, starting genealogy, starting research, how do I start, how to start)
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<span>Five fundamental guessing skills will help you get started on genealogy research. Each involves being able to guess some '''''additional''''' information based on what is already shown on a family group record.</span>
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[[Family History for Beginners]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[How_to_Guess_Where_to_Start|How to Guess Where to Start]]
  
<span>So, the best way to start is too prepare a family group record [[Adding a Custom Event to a PAF Family Group Record|showing everything you know]] about the family.</span>
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Learn to guess names, places, dates, the best event in a person’s life to research first, and how to guess sources for that event.  
  
<span>Then using the partly-done family group record be able to:</span>
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Well-done genealogies are documented with the best sources skillfully analyzed. No guesswork can be allowed in the final product. But in order to find the best sources a kind of elimination-by-trial-and-error activity (guessing) is sometimes used. The best researchers become skillful at assessing information, evaluating clues, and selecting sources and repositories they will try first. This set of articles teaches how to '''''tentatively''''' conjecture (guess) at probable names, dates, or places, and how to choose logically among potential sources in the face of uncertainty. Always remember that any form of guesswork in genealogy is only temporary and eventually MUST be replaced by careful analysis of the well-documented sources you find as a result.
  
# <span>[[Guessing a Name Variation|Guess]]'''''[[Guessing a Name Variation|spelling variations]]''''' for every name on that family group.</span>
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Five fundamental guessing skills will help you get started on genealogy research. Each involves being able to guess some '''''additional''''' information based on what is already shown on a family group record.  
# <span>[[Guessing a Place|Guess a '''''place''''']] for every event on that family group.</span>
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# <span>[[Guessing a Date|Guess a '''''date''''']] for every event on that family group.</span>
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# <span>[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Guess the '''''easiest ('''''and hardest)]]'''''[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|person and event to research]]''''' on that family group.</span>
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# <span>[[Guessing a Record Type to Use|Guess the '''''best record types to use''''']] for finding information about any person’s event on that family group.</span>
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<span>The links above explain how to guess these key pieces of information when they are unknown or uncertain.</span>
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So, the best way to start is to [[Family group record: roadmap for researchers|prepare a family group record]] showing everything you know about the family. Then using the partly-completed family group record be able to:
  
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#[[Guessing a Name Variation|Guess a '''''spelling variation''''']] for every name on that family group.
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#[[Guessing a Place|Guess a '''''place''''']] for every event on that family group.
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#[[Guessing a Date|Guess a '''''date''''']] for every event on that family group.
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#[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Guess the '''''easiest''''' (and '''''hardest''''') '''''person''''' and '''''event''''' to research]] on that family group.
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#[[Guessing a Record Type to Use|Guess the '''''best record types to use''''']] for finding information about any person’s event on that family group.
  
<br>[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event]]
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The links above explain how to guess these key pieces of information when they are unknown or uncertain.
  
[[How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor]]
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== Related Content  ==
  
[[Start Family History by Writing What is Known|Start Family History by Writing What Is Known]]
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[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event]]  
  
[[Rookie Mistakes]]
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[[How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor|How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor]]  
  
== Related Internet Sites ==
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[[Start Family History by Writing What is Known|Start Family History by Writing What Is Known]]
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/images/32916_How_Do_I_Start.pdf How Do I Start My Family History?] FamilySearch.org PDF File
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[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]  
  
[http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/about-research.html Starting Genealogy and Family History Research] U.S. National Archives
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== Related Internet Sites  ==
  
[http://www.usgenweb.org/research/starting.shtml Starting Your Genealogy - The Basics] USGenWeb
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/getting_started How Do I Start My Family History?] FamilySearch.org PDF File
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*[http://genealogy.about.com/cs/beginnerscorner/ht/family_tree.htm How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree] Kimberly Powell at About.com
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*[http://www.progenealogists.com/beginners.htm How to Get Started on Your Genealogy] Natalie Cottrill at ProGenealogists.com
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*[http://www.usgenweb.org/research/starting.shtml Starting Your Genealogy - The Basics] USGenWeb
  
[http://genealogy.about.com/cs/beginnerscorner/ht/family_tree.htm How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree] Kimberly Powell at About.com
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[http://www.progenealogists.com/beginners.htm How to Get Started on Your Genealogy] Natalie Cottrill at ProGenealogists.com
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Learn to guess names, places, dates, the best event in a person’s life to research first, and how to guess sources for that event.

Well-done genealogies are documented with the best sources skillfully analyzed. No guesswork can be allowed in the final product. But in order to find the best sources a kind of elimination-by-trial-and-error activity (guessing) is sometimes used. The best researchers become skillful at assessing information, evaluating clues, and selecting sources and repositories they will try first. This set of articles teaches how to tentatively conjecture (guess) at probable names, dates, or places, and how to choose logically among potential sources in the face of uncertainty. Always remember that any form of guesswork in genealogy is only temporary and eventually MUST be replaced by careful analysis of the well-documented sources you find as a result.

Five fundamental guessing skills will help you get started on genealogy research. Each involves being able to guess some additional information based on what is already shown on a family group record.

So, the best way to start is to prepare a family group record showing everything you know about the family. Then using the partly-completed family group record be able to:

  1. Guess a spelling variation for every name on that family group.
  2. Guess a place for every event on that family group.
  3. Guess a date for every event on that family group.
  4. Guess the easiest (and hardest) person and event to research on that family group.
  5. Guess the best record types to use for finding information about any person’s event on that family group.

The links above explain how to guess these key pieces of information when they are unknown or uncertain.

Related Content

Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event

How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor

Start Family History by Writing What Is Known

Rookie Mistakes

Related Internet Sites