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Beginning Genealogy. by Jean Cooper. Summary. Why genealogy? How to begin? Terminology How to Record Information Choosing Genealogical Software Mistakes to Avoid References. Why Genealogy?. To satisfy your curiosity about yourself and your roots.

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beginning genealogy

Beginning Genealogy

by Jean Cooper

Jean L. Cooper Copyright 2005

summary
Summary
  • Why genealogy?
  • How to begin?
  • Terminology
  • How to Record Information
  • Choosing Genealogical Software
  • Mistakes to Avoid
  • References

Jean L. Cooper Copyright 2005

why genealogy
Why Genealogy?
  • To satisfy your curiosity about yourself and your roots.
  • To provide your children with a sense of who their ancestors were, where they came from and how they lived their lives. 
  • To preserve family cultural and ethnic traditions for future generations.
  • To compile a medical family history to give family members an advantage in the battle against inherited diseases or defects.
  • To qualify for a lineage or heritage society.
  • To assemble and publish a family history book, whether for family members or for profit.
  • To discover facts that others have overlooked and solve the puzzle of a lifetime.

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how to begin
How to Begin
  • Start with you & your parents & grandparents
    • date and place of birth
    • names of parents
    • date and place of marriage
    • names of children
    • date and place of death
  • Record everything, even if you don’t think you will need it. Get photocopies if possible.

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how to record information
How to Record Information
  • Charts
    • Family Group Sheet
    • Pedigree Chart
  • http://www.ancestry.com/save/charts/ancchart.htm

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terminology
Terminology
  • Paternal / Maternal
  • Ancestors / Descendants
  • Pedigree / Family tree
  • Family history / Local history
  • Lineal / Collateral / Half / Step
  • Relationships chart-http://genealogy.about.com/library/nrelationshipchart.htm

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choosing genealogical software
Choosing Genealogical Software
  • http://genealogy.about.com/library/onestop/

bl_software.htm

  • Family Tree Maker
  • Family Origins
  • Brother’s Keeper
  • Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
  • Cumberland Family Software

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mistakes to avoid in genealogy
Mistakes to Avoid in Genealogy
  • Don't Put Off Talking to Relatives
  • Don't Neglect to Write Down Your Sources (And Make Photocopies of Everything, If Possible)
  • Don't Assume That Everything You Find On the Internet is Reliable
  • Don't Trust Everything You See in Print
  • Don't Accept Family Legends Without Question 

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more mistakes to avoid
More Mistakes to Avoid….
  • Don't Limit Yourself to the Current Spelling of Your Surname
  • Don’t Assume Your Family is Related to Someone Famous
  • Don't Be Satisfied With Names and Dates
  • Beware the Generic Family History
  • Don't Misspell the Word Genealogy

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major websites containing genealogical information
Major Websites Containing Genealogical Information
  • Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - http://www.cyndislist.com/
  • USGenWeb Project - http://www.usgenweb.org/
  • RootsWeb.com - http://www.rootsweb.com/
  • Ancestry.com – http://www.ancestry.com
  • FamilySearch (LDS Genealogy website) - http://www.familysearch.org/

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useful instructional websites
Useful Instructional Websites
  • Introduction to Genealogy (Free) - http://genealogy.about.com/library/lessons/

blintro.htm

  • American Genealogy: A Basic Course / National Genealogical Society ($) - http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/eduhsc.htm
  • Brigham Young University Independent Online Courses in Family History ($) - http://ce.byu.edu/is/site/
  • Cyndi’s List –Information for Beginners in Genealogy - http://www.cyndislist.com/beginner.htm

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books
Books
  • Everton, George S. “The handy book for genealogists.” (1981)
  • McGinnis, Carole. “Virginia genealogy : sources & resources.” (1993)
  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian.” (2000)
  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians.” (2001)
  • Rose, James M. “Black genesis : a resource book for African-American genealogy.” (2003)

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