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1 Genealogy Project for New Mexico 4-H By Carol Wilson
2 Who am I?Everyone is unique and has something individual about their lives. But we also study history to see where we came from. We want to know about the people who came before us. The tragedies they overcame can help inspire us. Their triumphs can fuel our desire to achieve and excel.So we study genealogy to find out about our roots.
3 Tools in the toolbox Pens and paper D ring notebook Camera Inquiring mindTape recorder or video recorder are optional
4 Tracing out your rootsStart with self. Then go to family. Parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. Ask questions. Use 5 Ws and H.Example page 25A.
6 Adoptions, Foster and Step families 9 out of 10 families that this program was tested with were not two-parent families with children from only that marriage.4-H projects traditionally took the stance that only a biological genealogy would be accepted.I wrestled with this issue and finally decided that it was more important that the child learn the process of documenting genealogy. They may put “this is not a biological genealogy” on their forms and trace adopted lines or step lines. They may also alter forms to read “father” and “mother” instead of “husband” and “wife”.
7 Important documents Old photographs Diaries Birth and death certificatesMarriage certificatesNewspaper articlesFamily biblesAll must be treated with respect and care
8 Sources Secondary sources Primary Sources Government and church documentsSecondary sourcesFamily bibleFamily oral historyTraditions and legendsBirth announcements
9 Letter writing Family and other sources Be concise Be reasonable in requestsInclude identifying informationInclude SASE
10 Major sources of information CourthouseCemeteriesChurch recordsGenealogical SocietiesNewspapersCensus RecordsLand OwnershipMilitary Records
11 Documenting Procedures Instead of saying “US Census” include the year census was taken and the county and state, as well as page number if availableDon’t say “Uncle John told me”, say “John Smith told Carol Wilson18 Apr 2011”.
12 Using the Computer The Pros Material can be stored, changed, and retrieved easily.Information only has tobe entered onceNEAT!
13 Using the Computer Cons Fee may be charged for use A web based program isn’t privateCheck and doublecheck the information.
14 For preservation’s sake People are sharing their treasures with you. Treat them with care. Keep them out of light and humidity. Photos and important papers like to live where you live, never in basement or hot attic.
15 Family papers Never laminate a page Remove all staples and paper clips Try to keep it flat,do not foldDo not punchholes in theoriginal
16 Family Photos Photos jog the memories of family members. When you put a photo in the hands =of an elder family member,be prepared to writestories
17 Family storiesHelp define a story and give more information about real life, flesh and blood people.Told from differentviewpoints, orperspectivesSome subjectiveSome objectiveAll should bepreserved anddocumented.
18 Exhibit requirements Starts with 3 generations Can go up to 8 generationsDesigned for junior 4-Hmembers but can becompleted by youngerkids with parents help
19 Guide to Data Sheets Precise instructions One sheet already filled out as a guideIndividual Data SheetFamily GroupSheetPedigree Chart
20 Practice Turn to page 28 in your project document Review the rules for the pedigree chart.1) You are #12 Last name first and CAPITALIZEDContinue …then do first three generations of the pedigree chart using the rules on pages 28 and 29. An example is filled out in 29A.
22 Appendices Master copies of worksheets Courthouse records Glossary of Public Land TermsCalendar of American Wars and Campaigns
23 BibliographyBibliography includes Creative Memories and thanks to Ohio State University and Purdue University for generously allowing us to use some of their material
24 Readability Survey Sentences per paragraph 2.9 Words per sentence 14.1 Characters per word 4.7Passive Sentences percentFlesch reading EaseFleschKincaid Grade Level 8.2Note to parents: last page ofdocument, older 4-H members
25 More on Readability5,6,7,8th grade classes in Carrizozo Schools previewed this curriculum. Style, layout and white space were minimized in this survey andwill be important components of the finishedcurriculum. 70 percent of students reportedno problems withreadability. 30percent did not read.
26 Hopes and dreamsHope this project will help 4-H members discover their rootsChildren will find pride in their ancestry and find the strength intheir family storiesChildren will remembertheir own stories and findthat everyone is unique,individual and has theirown story to tell.