Friday, February 24, 2012

Getting Started - Family History Strategies - Part 2

Part 1 of this series is found by clicking here

I suggest you keep a log of the research you do. I have a separate section of a journal for each ancestor.

Below is what makes family history research a lot like detective work. There is excitement in this, just no danger. I suppose if you want danger you could take your laptop on a bungee jump or to the edge of a cliff.

However you do it, just go go go.

From a class taught at the Riverton Family History Center by: Diana Toland

One Thing (detail) Leads to Another (records).

Note occupations. Often found on the records, such as a census. They may be linked to a location or county records and perhaps in historical society news.

Military Records: draft cards are filled out by the individual in person, pension files require proof.

Immigration - generated passenger lists, border crossing cards often contain information about the relative.

Land and Probate. Probate records often have information such as family members and location.

Religious Records.  birth, marriage, cemetery, immigration, and histories are sometimes found this way.

Census: approximate ages confirmed, years married, parent information including locations of birth, and information on living children.

Obituaries: besides personal and family detail you sometime find out hobbies, successes, civic roles,and important information about relatives.

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