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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:. Ecclesiastes 3:1. This is the Season. For Family History. An Overview. Presented by:. DeAnne Shelley. Lesson 1:. How to Accomplish Your Original Research. Lesson 2:. Organization of Your Research Notebook.

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:1


This is the Season

For

Family History


An Overview

Presented by:

DeAnne Shelley


Lesson 1:

How to Accomplish Your Original Research


Lesson 2:

Organization of Your Research Notebook


There are two types of records:

  • Previous Research

Family history already compiled by others

  • New Research

Family history done by you in original records


Strengths of Previous Research

  • Information has already been gathered for you.

  • These sources give you clues about where to search.

  • They may have stories, and details about your family.


Weaknesses of Previous Research

  • May be inaccurate

  • May not be well documented

  • May mislead you if you are not very careful


Original Records -

Plowing new ground. There are many kinds of original records.


Lesson 2:

Checking What Has Already Been Completed


Lesson 4:

How to do Family History on the Internet


Lesson 5:

Locating My Family using Census Records


Census Records

  • Places people in a time and place

  • Gives name and birth year in later censuses

  • Gives other details, including parents, immigration, and naturalization


Lesson 6:

Using the Handybook and FHLC


Lesson 7:

Vital Records


Vital or Civil Records

  • Birth, marriage and death records

  • Gives dates, places and relationships

  • Families can be built from this information


Lesson 8:

Church Records


Church Records

  • Gives birth, marriage and burial

  • information

  • Very useful in European and South American countries

  • Often go back to the early 1500s


Lesson 9:

Land and Tax Records


Land Records

  • Where a family lived – state, county, township

  • Time period they were there

  • Names of husband and wife selling land

  • Name of the buyer


  • Who owned the land previously

  • Neighbors

  • Children involved in an estate settlement

  • Economic condition of the family


Lesson 10:

Probate and Court Records


Probate Records

  • Wills

  • Estate inventories

  • Cemetery records

  • Funeral home records

  • Obituaries


Lesson 11:

Military Records


Lesson 12:

Emigration, Immigration and Naturalization Records


Records need to be analyzed to be really understood

  • How close to the event was it written?

  • Who wrote it?

Be careful about conclusions!!


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