Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Organize Your Genealogy Information

The advent of computers and the Internet has made the hobby of genealogy, or tracing one's ancestry, easier, faster and more organized. Computers are wonderful--until they fail--so even if you store all your family history on the computer, whether it is in a program you have purchased or an online database you have subscribed to, always keep a paper backup.  


Things You'll Need

1.  Genealogical forms  

2.  Three-ring binder(s)  

3.  Tabbed dividers 

4.  Sheet Protectors 




 Paper Records

Download and print paper forms off the Internet, or copy them from genealogy how-to books.  (We have how-to-books here at the library.) 


Fill out a Family Tree Chart to document the names of the ancestors from whom you directly descend, and for whom you will create a Family Group Sheet. This form will help you see what you have accomplished, and who you still need to search for.  


Fill out a Family Group Sheet for each family member and his or her immediate family.  Doing this from the beginning will help you connect family members and create complete and accurate records.  


Keep a Source Summary. This is documentation of all the sources you have searched and what information you have found from each source. A separate source summary should be kept for each family tree line, so you can find information and references quickly. You may also choose to keep a Research Calendar, which is a similar record of every source you have searched and any information you have found pertaining to your ancestors.  


Track correspondence relating to your genealogical research on a Correspondence Record. Use it to keep track of with whom you have corresponded, what you are writing about, and if you have received a reply or not.  


Utilize a Family Tree Research Extract sheet when you are searching records or documents that can not be copied or scanned. This also works well for deeds, which are time consuming to reread.  


Compile all your forms in a three-ring binder when you first begin your search. Organize them by name or location. Later you may add more binders, or graduate to file boxes or filing cabinets as your family history research accumulates. Consider indexing each binder to make record retrieval easier.  



Tip

Use archival-quality sheet protectors when adding original family documents or photographs to your family research binders. 



The advent of computers and the Internet has made the hobby of genealogy, or tracing one's ancestry, easier, faster and more organized. Computers are wonderful--until they fail--so even if you store all your family history on the computer, whether it is in a program you have purchased or an online database you have subscribed to, always keep a paper backup.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_7303949_organize-genealogy-information.html
The advent of computers and the Internet has made the hobby of genealogy, or tracing one's ancestry, easier, faster and more organized. Computers are wonderful--until they fail--so even if you store all your family history on the computer, whether it is in a program you have purchased or an online database you have subscribed to, always keep a paper backup.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_7303949_organize-genealogy-information.html

How to Organize Genealogy Information

How to Organize Genealogy Information thumbnail
Store your genealogy forms in a three-ring binder.
The advent of computers and the Internet has made the hobby of genealogy, or tracing one's ancestry, easier, faster and more organized. Computers are wonderful--until they fail--so even if you store all your family history on the computer, whether it is in a program you have purchased or an online database you have subscribed to, always keep a paper backup.

Things You'll Need

  • Genealogical forms
  • Three-ring binder(s)
  • Tabbed dividers
Show (1) More

Instructions

  1. Paper Records

    • 1
      Download and print paper forms off the Internet, or copy them from genealogy how-to books.
    • 2
      Fill out a Family Tree Chart to document the names of the ancestors from whom you directly descend, and for whom you will create a Family Group Sheet. This form will help you see what you have accomplished, and who you still need to search for.
    • 3
      Fill out a Family Group Sheet for each family member and his or her immediate family. Doing this from the beginning will help you connect family members and create complete and accurate records.
    • 4
      Keep a Source Summary. This is documentation of all the sources you have searched and what information you have found from each source. A separate source summary should be kept for each family tree line, so you can find information and references quickly. You may also choose to keep a Research Calendar, which is a similar record of every source you have searched and any information you have found pertaining to your ancestors.
    • 5
      Track correspondence relating to your genealogical research on a Correspondence Record. Use it to keep track of with whom you have corresponded, what you are writing about, and if you have received a reply or not.
    • 6
      Utilize a Family Tree Research Extract sheet when you are searching records or documents that can not be copied or scanned. This also works well for deeds, which are time consuming to reread.
    • 7
      Compile all your forms in a three-ring binder when you first begin your search. Organize them by name or location. Later you may add more binders, or graduate to file boxes or filing cabinets as your family history research accumulates. Consider indexing each binder to make record retrieval easier.
    • 8
      Copy any records you want to take with you on research trips. Leave all originals at home. Carry a portable flash drive with you to save computer files on if you have access, then print the documents and add them to your binder. Also consider carrying a digital camera to photograph books and documents that can not be photocopied, but always ask permission first.
Sponsored Links

Tips & Warnings

  • Use archival-quality sheet protectors when adding original family documents or photographs to your family research binders.


Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_7303949_organize-genealogy-information.html

How to Organize Genealogy Information

How to Organize Genealogy Information thumbnail
Store your genealogy forms in a three-ring binder.
The advent of computers and the Internet has made the hobby of genealogy, or tracing one's ancestry, easier, faster and more organized. Computers are wonderful--until they fail--so even if you store all your family history on the computer, whether it is in a program you have purchased or an online database you have subscribed to, always keep a paper backup.

Things You'll Need

  • Genealogical forms
  • Three-ring binder(s)
  • Tabbed dividers
Show (1) More

Instructions

  1. Paper Records

    • 1
      Download and print paper forms off the Internet, or copy them from genealogy how-to books.
    • 2
      Fill out a Family Tree Chart to document the names of the ancestors from whom you directly descend, and for whom you will create a Family Group Sheet. This form will help you see what you have accomplished, and who you still need to search for.
    • 3
      Fill out a Family Group Sheet for each family member and his or her immediate family. Doing this from the beginning will help you connect family members and create complete and accurate records.
    • 4
      Keep a Source Summary. This is documentation of all the sources you have searched and what information you have found from each source. A separate source summary should be kept for each family tree line, so you can find information and references quickly. You may also choose to keep a Research Calendar, which is a similar record of every source you have searched and any information you have found pertaining to your ancestors.
    • 5
      Track correspondence relating to your genealogical research on a Correspondence Record. Use it to keep track of with whom you have corresponded, what you are writing about, and if you have received a reply or not.
    • 6
      Utilize a Family Tree Research Extract sheet when you are searching records or documents that can not be copied or scanned. This also works well for deeds, which are time consuming to reread.
    • 7
      Compile all your forms in a three-ring binder when you first begin your search. Organize them by name or location. Later you may add more binders, or graduate to file boxes or filing cabinets as your family history research accumulates. Consider indexing each binder to make record retrieval easier.
    • 8
      Copy any records you want to take with you on research trips. Leave all originals at home. Carry a portable flash drive with you to save computer files on if you have access, then print the documents and add them to your binder. Also consider carrying a digital camera to photograph books and documents that can not be photocopied, but always ask permission first.
Sponsored Links

Tips & Warnings

  • Use archival-quality sheet protectors when adding original family documents or photographs to your family research binders.


Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_7303949_organize-genealogy-information.html

How to Organize Genealogy Information

How to Organize Genealogy Information thumbnail
Store your genealogy forms in a three-ring binder.
The advent of computers and the Internet has made the hobby of genealogy, or tracing one's ancestry, easier, faster and more organized. Computers are wonderful--until they fail--so even if you store all your family history on the computer, whether it is in a program you have purchased or an online database you have subscribed to, always keep a paper backup.

Things You'll Need

  • Genealogical forms
  • Three-ring binder(s)
  • Tabbed dividers
Show (1) More

Instructions

  1. Paper Records

    • 1
      Download and print paper forms off the Internet, or copy them from genealogy how-to books.
    • 2
      Fill out a Family Tree Chart to document the names of the ancestors from whom you directly descend, and for whom you will create a Family Group Sheet. This form will help you see what you have accomplished, and who you still need to search for.
    • 3
      Fill out a Family Group Sheet for each family member and his or her immediate family. Doing this from the beginning will help you connect family members and create complete and accurate records.
    • 4
      Keep a Source Summary. This is documentation of all the sources you have searched and what information you have found from each source. A separate source summary should be kept for each family tree line, so you can find information and references quickly. You may also choose to keep a Research Calendar, which is a similar record of every source you have searched and any information you have found pertaining to your ancestors.
    • 5
      Track correspondence relating to your genealogical research on a Correspondence Record. Use it to keep track of with whom you have corresponded, what you are writing about, and if you have received a reply or not.
    • 6
      Utilize a Family Tree Research Extract sheet when you are searching records or documents that can not be copied or scanned. This also works well for deeds, which are time consuming to reread.
    • 7
      Compile all your forms in a three-ring binder when you first begin your search. Organize them by name or location. Later you may add more binders, or graduate to file boxes or filing cabinets as your family history research accumulates. Consider indexing each binder to make record retrieval easier.
    • 8
      Copy any records you want to take with you on research trips. Leave all originals at home. Carry a portable flash drive with you to save computer files on if you have access, then print the documents and add them to your binder. Also consider carrying a digital camera to photograph books and documents that can not be photocopied, but always ask permission first.
Sponsored Links

Tips & Warnings

  • Use archival-quality sheet protectors when adding original family documents or photographs to your family research binders.


Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_7303949_organize-genealogy-information.html

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Census Tip

One of my favorite census tips, particularly when I’m having trouble finding a family member’s parent, is to look at the actual census images, then use the arrow keys to scroll a few pages before and after the person’s record.  On numerous occasions I’ve found relatives living with older neighbors who had the same last name — and that neighbor inevitably turns out to be a parent, grandparent or uncle.

Going page by page, you may find the in-laws or siblings nearby, too.  This method has been especially helpful with ancestors who are heading up their own households by the time of the 1850 census.

From 1790 through 1840, the U.S. census only listed the names of heads of household, so you may not be able to locate a head of household in 1850 as a child growing up 10 or 20 years before. But by looking back or forward a few pages in the 1850 census, you may find other relatives — including the parents of the head of household — living in the same area.