|Record What You Know|
|How well do
you know your ancestors? Do you know the maiden name of
your mother and grandmothers? What were the occupations
of your grandfathers? All of this is information you
should begin recording.
One very common tool used to record your lineage is a pedigree chart. The purpose of a pedigree chart is to graphically represent how you are related to your ancestors.
Another common tool is a family group record. This sheet records important information, including names, dates and places, about a husband, wife and their children. It lets you record this information in one document.
have recorded what you know the next step is to research
missing information that you want to know. Once you have
filled out your pedigree chart, you may notice that you
are missing your great-great grandfathers name, date of
birth, or other information.
Maybe you have living relatives who could help you gather this missing information. Contact the oldest members of your family first and ask them for help. Most of the time they can look through a family photo album and tell you more about your family than hours of individual research. Begin to record this type of information in a research log.
A good research log includes the following pieces of information:
A research log will allow you to go back and see what you found, when and where.
Remember to handle the things you find with care because of it's age. Most things of a fragile nature can easily break and may not be able to be repaired or replaced. Using gloves and archival quality storage materials will help preserve your families "treasures".
Libraries and cemeteries are other good places to search for ancestors. Check for books in your local libraries that mention their names. Check to see if they have a Newspaper Collection of old issues of the town's paper. Also, by walking through a cemetery you may find some key information about relatives.
|Publish What You Know|
|When you are
ready, you can publish what you know. Don't wait too
long. No one feels they have everything they want completed. They
hesitate to print until they know it all.... that day
seldom comes. You know your family better because you
have taken the efforts to research them. It is up to you
to share what you know with your family. Most of all there are
people just as interested in your ancestors as you are and they have on
there top shelf, under the bed in a box the genealogies, stories &
histories you dearly want to receive. By sharing what you know
then you will receive...
There are many different ways you can publish the results of your genealogy research. Compiling all of your pedigree charts and family group records into a single binder is an easy way to begin publishing. You may also want to publish a collection of stories that personalize your family's legacy.
If you record your genealogy into a computer genealogy program, you can publish your GEDCOM files on the Internet. You can now share your genealogy with millions of others. In turn they may discover they are related to you and save hours of research. You can also update your Internet published GEDCOM file easily and your relatives can always find the most up to date copy on your website.
Or they may have placed them in "plastic sheet protectors". All of these things cause these precious documents to "die" sooner and in many cases become destroyed beyond use. Contact genealogists anywhere to learn where to obtain archival papers, binders and enclosures that will protect these documents for later generations.
encouraged to continue your research and