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Ten percent, over 30 million Americans have Mayflower ancestors. We have many ancestors in common—sharing what we know is to our advantage. We can get more done faster by collaboration than by working individually.
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<br>See also [[United States, How to Find Genealogy Records]]<br>
  
= '''Reasons for sharing'''  =
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Ten percent, over 30 million Americans have Mayflower ancestors. We have many ancestors in common—sharing what we know is to our advantage. We can get more done faster by collaboration than by working individually.<br><br><br> [[Image:Genealogy 101.JPG|right|300x390px|Genealogy 101.JPG]]
  
Sharing our genealogy with others helps because—<br>• Lets the world know what you have accomplished.<br>• Friendly and decent—sets a good example which leads to collaboration.<br>• The more you share, the more likely you will find relatives willing to share with you.<br>• Gives authors you cite further recognition and credit for what they did.<br>• Gives your peers a chance to evaluate your work and give constructive suggestions for improvement.<br>• Free exchange of ideas creates a dynamic that helps everyone including you.<br>• Gives the next generation of researchers a foundation on which to build.<br>• To unite otherwise fragmented families.<br>• If you plan to have others see your work, you will tend to do higher quality work.
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== Reasons for sharing  ==
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= '''What to share'''  =
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Sharing our genealogy with others helps because:
  
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*Lets the world know what you have accomplished.
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*Friendly and decent—sets a good example which leads to collaboration.
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*The more you share, the more likely you will find relatives willing to share with you.
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*Gives authors you cite further recognition and credit for what they did.
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*Gives your peers a chance to evaluate your work and give constructive suggestions for improvement.
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*Free exchange of ideas creates a dynamic that helps everyone including you.
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*Gives the next generation of researchers a foundation on which to build.
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*To unite otherwise fragmented families.
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*If you plan to have others see your work, you will tend to do higher quality work.
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== What to share  ==
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Share as much of your genealogy as you feel comfortable about sharing. Sharing well-documented (source footnoted) research enhances its value for your family and others. Always include your contact information in the genealogy you share. Do NOT share information about living people without first obtaining their permission.  
 
Share as much of your genealogy as you feel comfortable about sharing. Sharing well-documented (source footnoted) research enhances its value for your family and others. Always include your contact information in the genealogy you share. Do NOT share information about living people without first obtaining their permission.  
  
Computer software programs like Personal Ancestral File (PAF) help you to organize your genealogy and make it easier to share. This Windows PC software can be downloaded for free starting at the FamilySearch Internet homepage at [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.FamilySearch.org]  
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Computer software programs like Personal Ancestral File (PAF) help you to organize your genealogy and make it easier to share. This Windows PC software can be downloaded for free at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/products FamilySearch.org]  
  
Many other programs are also available usually at low-cost. For a list of such programs see Cyndi’s List at http://[http://www.cyndislist.com/software.htm#Software www.cyndislist.com/software.htm#Software] <!--{12035641284061} --><!--{12035641284062} -->
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Many other programs are also available usually at low-cost. For a list of such programs see Cyndi’s List at http://[http://www.cyndislist.com/software.htm#Software www.cyndislist.com/software.htm#Software]  
  
= '''Preparing to share''' =
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== Preparing to share  ==
  
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Select a sharing goal that can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. Since genealogy is never complete or perfect, choose to share sooner rather than later. Study examples of others who have shared in a similar way. For example, look at family history books, or Internet [[Create a genealogy web page|genealogy web pages]] for features you admire or dislike. Learn from their mistakes and triumphs and do the best possible job for yourself.  
 
Select a sharing goal that can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. Since genealogy is never complete or perfect, choose to share sooner rather than later. Study examples of others who have shared in a similar way. For example, look at family history books, or Internet [[Create a genealogy web page|genealogy web pages]] for features you admire or dislike. Learn from their mistakes and triumphs and do the best possible job for yourself.  
  
One of the best things you can do to prepare to share genealogy is to organize and [[Document AS YOU GO!|document AS YOU GO]]! This means keeping good research logs and keeping your family group record up-to-date with the most recent information and source footnotes. <!--{12035644928750} --><!--{12035644928751} --><!--{12035644928752} -->
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One of the best things you can do to prepare to share genealogy is to organize and [[Document AS YOU GO!|document AS YOU GO]]! This means keeping good research logs and keeping your family group record up-to-date with the most recent information and source footnotes.  
 
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= '''Where to share—cast your net widely'''  =
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• With family (at reunions?)
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• Submit to Internet genealogical files like:<br><span>&nbsp;&nbsp; 1. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Share/Preserve/frameset_preserve.asp Pedigree Resource File] (FamilySearch). You may be asked to register to submit genealogy.</span><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; 2. [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/ RootsWeb.com WorldConnect]<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3. [http://www.ancestry.com/share/awt/main.htm Ancestry.com Ancestry World Tree]
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• Put up your own [[Create a genealogy web page|well-documented web site]]. See Cyndi’s List [http://www.cyndislist.com/construc.htm Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit]
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• Family group sheet exchanges ([http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=family+group+sheet+exchange&btnG=Google+Search Google] the phrase)
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• Well-documented family history books.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1. Donate a copy to the [http://www.obitlinkspage.com/hs/index.html county and state historical and genealogical societies] for each place where your ancestors settled.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2. Ask for a book notice (or review) in exchange for a free copy.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;3. Donate to large genealogical libraries and archives.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;4. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp?PAGE=library_donations.asp Donate to the Family History Library] an unbound copy with [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp?PAGE=library_donations.asp permission to digitize it].<br>
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== Where to share—cast your net widely  ==
  
Well-documented articles in periodicals (indexed in the Periodical Source Index [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/persi PERSI]) from genealogical societies near where your ancestors settled.  
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*With family (at reunions?)
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*Submit to Internet genealogical files like:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; 1. [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org].<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; 2. [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/ RootsWeb.com WorldConnect]<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3. [http://www.ancestry.com/share/awt/main.htm Ancestry.com Ancestry World Tree]&nbsp;($)
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*Put up your own [[Create a genealogy web page|well-documented web site]]. See [http://www.cyndislist.com/categories/ Cyndi’s List] Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit
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*Family group sheet exchanges ([http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=family+group+sheet+exchange&btnG=Google+Search Google] the phrase)
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*Well-documented family history books.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1. Donate a copy to the [http://www.obitlinkspage.com/hs/index.html county and state historical and genealogical societies] for each place where your ancestors settled.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2. Ask for a book notice (or review) in exchange for a free copy.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;3. Donate to large genealogical libraries and archives.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;4. [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp?PAGE=library_donations.asp Donate to the Family History Library] an unbound copy with [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp?PAGE=library_donations.asp permission to digitize it].
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*Well-documented articles in periodicals (indexed in the Periodical Source Index [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/persi PERSI]) from genealogical societies near where your ancestors settled.
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*[http://www.xroyvision.com.au/genlinks/directories.html Genealogical Research Directory].
  
• [http://members.ozemail.com.au/~grdxxx/ Genealogical Research Directory]. <!--{12036121062812} --><!--{12036121062813} --><!--{12036121062814} -->
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== What you can expect  ==
  
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After you share your genealogy expect distant relatives to start contacting you. The majority of contacts will ask you for more. But about ten percent of people who contact you will volunteer new information. And some of the time the inquiries from others will spur you to solve a genealogical research problem yourself.
  
After you share your genealogy expect distant relatives to start contacting you. The majority of contacts will ask you for more. But about ten percent of people who contact you will volunteer new information. And some of the time the inquiries from others will spur you to solve a genealogical research problem yourself. <!--{12036098283430} -->
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*[[Create a genealogy web page|Create a genealogy web page]]
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*[[Family Trees: An Online Research Tool|Family Trees: An Online Research Tool]]
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*[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]
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*[[Solving Tough Research Problems—Overcoming Brick Walls|Solving Tough Research Problems—Overcoming Brick Walls]]
  
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See also United States, How to Find Genealogy Records

Ten percent, over 30 million Americans have Mayflower ancestors. We have many ancestors in common—sharing what we know is to our advantage. We can get more done faster by collaboration than by working individually.


Genealogy 101.JPG

Contents

Reasons for sharing

Sharing our genealogy with others helps because:

  • Lets the world know what you have accomplished.
  • Friendly and decent—sets a good example which leads to collaboration.
  • The more you share, the more likely you will find relatives willing to share with you.
  • Gives authors you cite further recognition and credit for what they did.
  • Gives your peers a chance to evaluate your work and give constructive suggestions for improvement.
  • Free exchange of ideas creates a dynamic that helps everyone including you.
  • Gives the next generation of researchers a foundation on which to build.
  • To unite otherwise fragmented families.
  • If you plan to have others see your work, you will tend to do higher quality work.

What to share

Good documentation enhances the value of what you share.

Share as much of your genealogy as you feel comfortable about sharing. Sharing well-documented (source footnoted) research enhances its value for your family and others. Always include your contact information in the genealogy you share. Do NOT share information about living people without first obtaining their permission.

Computer software programs like Personal Ancestral File (PAF) help you to organize your genealogy and make it easier to share. This Windows PC software can be downloaded for free at FamilySearch.org

Many other programs are also available usually at low-cost. For a list of such programs see Cyndi’s List at http://www.cyndislist.com/software.htm#Software

Preparing to share

Make up your mind to do it better than it has ever been done before.

Select a sharing goal that can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. Since genealogy is never complete or perfect, choose to share sooner rather than later. Study examples of others who have shared in a similar way. For example, look at family history books, or Internet genealogy web pages for features you admire or dislike. Learn from their mistakes and triumphs and do the best possible job for yourself.

One of the best things you can do to prepare to share genealogy is to organize and document AS YOU GO! This means keeping good research logs and keeping your family group record up-to-date with the most recent information and source footnotes.

Where to share—cast your net widely

What you can expect

After you share your genealogy expect distant relatives to start contacting you. The majority of contacts will ask you for more. But about ten percent of people who contact you will volunteer new information. And some of the time the inquiries from others will spur you to solve a genealogical research problem yourself.

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