18 Feb 2011 Leave a Comment
Check out my new Genealogy for Kids blog. This site will contain tips on how to get children interested in their family history. Check back often as hands-on projects will be added and read some kid guest author posts.Tweet
31 Jan 2011 Leave a Comment
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This weekend I was going through boxes of memorabilia to sort and organize it. I came across this photograph which had been in one of my uncle’s old albums. I’m not sure who Louie is. A friend of my grandpa’s? I wish the people sitting on the stools were not so blurred and faded. Regardless, I think it is an interesting picture of the time period and wanted to share. Maybe someone will see this and know who it is and where it was taken.Tweet
11 Jan 2011 Leave a Comment
Now that you have begun your genealogy research and completed a family tree, also known as a pedigree chart or ancestral chart, it is time to begin creating Family Group Sheets. These sheets record data on a specific family which includes the parents and their children. Download a sheet and let’s begin.
Completing the Family Group Sheet
Start by completing the top section with your information. This is good to record in case you travel with these sheets and one is lost. There is a chance it could be returned to you. Next, the family group sheet begins with the parents at the top of the sheet. Write the full name of both mother and father and complete as much information as you can.
Next, move to the children. Begin filling in full names, spousal names and all the vital information you know. For each fact recorded, note on the back of the sheet where the information came from. This means to document the book, author, page, publication place and date; the vital record type, certificate number, repository where it was found or the online database source. You are basically recording the detail of the source so you can return to it in the future and allow others viewing your work to know exactly where the information was obtained.
After completing the family group sheet, start outlining some genealogical goals. Where do you want to go from here? Unsure, check back tomorrow for a good next step to search, U.S. Federal Census Records.Tweet