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1 Getting Started & Treasures in the Attic Step 1 & 2 Fewer hobbies anywhere offer the reward of genealogy. This hobby can and will take you on a journey of discovery of your ancestors and their lives. This journey can: Take you to places you have never been Learn who you ancestors really were and their personalities Every journey begins with a single step. This first step is you! We will discuss some of the areas that you can collect and things you can do to start on this journey.

2 Where do I start? At your own home 1.Collect all the birth certificates, ordinations, baptisms, education, marriage certificates, military records, and anything else you can find. 2.Write down on a family group or pedigree any information you find in these records 3.Remember the Who, What, When, Where, and Why questions.

3 Who Write the persons full name, including any middle names, and titles. Spelling does matter here. 1.You can find the name spelled several ways, make note of all the spellings. For females you always use their maiden name. You can write her married name like this (Jones) if all you have is a married name. If they have a nick name or go by something else, you can do the following. William Billy. Nicknames can serve as a clue.

4 What Identify every event as clearly as possible. Examples: 1.Graduation – tell what level of school they graduated from 2.Schools – list the city, county, and state Abbreviations should be standard ones IF used. Such as b = birth, bap = baptism. Use as little abbreviations as possible. Someone coming after you might not know what you mean, so it is better to write it all out.

5 Where Record everything you know about the locations. Keep looking for further information. If a birth happened at a hospital, then record the hospital name, city, county, and state. Do not abbreviate places, Temple Ready will not recognize them Learn as much as you can about the areas your ancestors came from. Did the city names change, did the boundaries change

6 When When writing dates use the standard form for genealogy. Example 4 Mar 2003 When you use 04/03/03, it can be interpreted several ways. Always include all four digits of the year

7 Evidence This is the most important area of our research. Record your sources as thoroughly as possible. Could someone find your source by what you have given? If you have recorded your sources thoroughly, it could save you from retracing your steps, it can lend reliability and accuracy to your work. Maintain a list of your sources that could serve as a bibliography for a finished book. PAF can store these sources for you.

8 Record your Research 3 x 5 cards – can be used to record information that needs to be input into your PAF program. Record all that you can find Pedigree Charts – place you as number one. You could color code these to go with your filing system. Family group sheets – document all information that is on your sheet. Do you have a source to prove every event? Research logs – this is a most valuable tool in your research. This can track the Who, What, Where, When, and Whys. These are also helpful at the libraries. Please use pencils at the libraries.

9 The Attic, The Basement, or Where Ever! Where do you or other family members store their treasures? 1.The Attic 2.The basement 3.An extra room 4.A storage unit Use these storage places and go through the treasures.

10 Do you have Pack Rats in your Family? This could be a very valuable find! –Journals –Letters –Histories –Photos –Diaries –You name it, it could be there! Example: Bob and Barbara

11 Other Items Old family bibles, with names and dates Certificates of all kinds – birth, death, marriage, blessings, christenings Funerals and funeral cards Wills House property papers Report cards Old news papers Naturalization papers Any of these documents could give names, dates, and family names, occupations, and places.

12 Letters Can give you a glimpse into the past Important dates and events Feelings of the person writing the letter Place they have lived or visited

13 Scrapbooks These can have some interesting facts about a family Mementos – what was important to the individual –Athletics –School –Work –Entertainment –Vacations While these might not have much genealogical information you can find out about your ancestors

14 Military memorabilia This is a major source for genealogical data –Group photos –Weapons –Uniforms –Unit histories –These can put a person in a particular place and time, could lead you to further information

15 School Records Report cards Registration papers could show names of parents School year books Student essays Certificates of achievement Diplomas All give a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors

16 Licenses Drivers licenses Professional licenses Hunting/fishing licenses Social Security cards All of these could give you valuable information and documentation to your research.

17 Family History Dos & Donts Church News March 23, 2002 Concentrate on your own lines Check your names for duplication against Temple Ready by using the update, then use the search function, then check against the IGI at After these steps you are then ready to complete a TempleReady to take the names to the Do not submit names for celebrities, historical personalities or persons of European countries prior to A.D. 1500 Do not invent ancestors by adding Mr. and Mrs. You will get error messages on TempleReady Put the name descriptions in the known as area on the input screen of PAF. Such as Jr., Dr., Reverend, Colonel, General etc. When a name is unknown it is best to leave it blank

18 Instead of putting names in quotes use the word, Example William or Bill Do not estimate dates if there are exact dates obtainable Submit only enough names that can be completed in a reasonable time Proofread you records for accuracy Most ordinance duplication is caused when members submit the same records more than once Consider the feelings of others when submitting names that are not directly related to you

19 Journals & Life Histories You could have a journal and record what you are finding and how you feel. Record your joys, frustrations and feelings about your searches. Journals vs Research Logs – Both can serve a very important purpose 5 perks of journaling 1.Analyzing and organizing - sort out what you find 2.Reviewing and planning – journals have room for you to write why you feel the way you do about your searches 3.Recording and researching family histories – record those stories you have heard many times 4.Sharing your search – good way to share your excitement 5.Telling the whole story – As you uncover new evidence of stories you can document your finds

20 Web Sites Life Journal – software program for journalers. Journal writing for You – Different stories and helps

21 Learning how to Web Sites Center for Family History and Genealogy at BYU notice the other links along the top bar at this site. Genealogy.coms site for beginners with how to lessons This site was set up for Family History Consultants, however there is a lot of great information here. lessons –

22 Family History Story web sites Creating a Family History Book - 170 170 The Mechanics of Writing your Family History - Biography Assistant - Fundamentals of Life Stories Writing workshop – How to write a family history: the lives and times of our ancestors – Genealogy time line – Time lines – Perpetual Calendar Calculator -

23 Web sites for Worksheets KBYU Ancestors - Individual Data Compiler - Family Tree Magazine forms - charts - forms - Search/Research helps/Sort by document type asp?Page=./research/type/Form.asp&ActiveTab=Type asp?Page=./research/type/Form.asp&ActiveTab=Type forms -

24 Genealogy is all about clues. We are a detective looking for what clues are out there. It is a hobby that provides great pleasure. ************************************************** Keep in mind that you have embarked on a journey that could prove to be the most memorable you have ever undertaken.

25 Defrag hard drives This should be done once a month. It takes parts of file and puts them into one place. It helps your computer to run faster and smoother. –Steps: –Start –Programs –Accessories –System Tools –System Defragmenter –From here it varies with each windows version what you would push to make it start. –Windows XP you can analyze and then defrayment Always remember to keep your recycle bin emptied also.

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