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The a-b-c’s of family history genealogy search

| Articles | April 24, 2013

The fact of the matter is that tracing the roots of your family history is a cumbersome if not a very tedious work, yet in the long run is extremely rewarding.

It is a treasure hut of sorts that could unearth plenty of rare gems. Thanks to the internet, documentation and research has never been as easy. The world wide web could help uncover facts and details about relatives you did not know you have.

The following are tips and advice to help you conduct your own family history genealogy search the best way you can.

Trees and family tree

Make good use of the internet when looking for your family tree. Download tree family charts through the website ancestry.com. Another is through the magazine, Family Tree. Use their own family template charts in creating your own list of ancestor dates and names.

Organize, organize, organize

Early on, know just what it is you plan to do. Consider just how it is you are to record all info you will find in your family history genealogy search even before you see yourself getting immersed in the whole process.

As much as possible, fill and record in group family sheets, charts and pedigrees by hand. You could also consider using a computer or a software genealogical program to assist you in organizing all your data.

Using Personal File Ancestry or Family Maker Tree by Reunion is a good idea. These software programs provide you with the ability to backup all your info in a disk.

Document it all

Of course, mere documentation is not enough. It is important that you document everything as carefully and as appropriately as possible.

First things first, copy the book title, reel number of the microfilm, the number of the page, author, publication year, publisher and whatever detail you could see on the sheet cover.

Also take note of just where it is you got the info. An example would be taking down the name of the library, a website or the records and archive division.

Record for posterity’s sake

Any interviews you have conducted with any of your relatives is best to be captured on audiotape or on video, this is so that future family generation could actually hear the words of their ancestors the way they said it and how.

Using a digital video on your shoot is the best option since there is little or no reduction in the quality of the copy. You could save these interviews either on DVD or CD for a lot easier viewing and storing.

Make a type-tree graph

Another suggestion you could do is by making your own tree master graph either through electronic means or via paper. Insert the names of your ancestors, the date of their births, deaths, marriage as you discover each detail.

Make extra copies

Any source material you gather is best to be photocopied especially if they are source printed materials. File them all in folders with appropriate labels such as the name of the relative.

Include the details of their birth dates and dates of death so as to be able to distinguish them between other family members who may have similar names.

All in all, searching for your family history genealogy is fun if you know what you are looking for and how. Hopefully, these tips and advice are helpful in your own family history genealogy search. Good luck!

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