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Hints and Tips to Bring your Family Genealogy History to Life

  1. Start with what you know and work backwards. Need help with how to conduct genealogy research? Follow these steps to gain a sense of the research process and learn how to stay organized.
  2. Read all the names on the documents find, they might give you clues to family relationships. Be sure to transcribe all your sources to understand what is being said and maybe you will discover a new tip. Besides, if you ever have to re-read a hand written document that is difficult to read, like a last will and testament, it makes it much easier to comprehend the data.
  3. Do you know when government documents became available? That is the first step to getting answers about your history.
  4. Do you know what alternate historical documents to look for when government information is not available?
  5. Find out about your ancestors by asking your family questions. Learn more than just birth and death information. Gain a sense of your ancestors and living relatives identity and purpose in life by asking these Interview questions.
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  7. There is plenty to learn about genealogy through online classes where you can learn at your own pace, at a time that is convenient to you.
  8. Live pod casts are another way to learn something new about genealogy. People gather to discuss a particular subject and collaborate their thoughts and is a great way to get to know other people who are searching for similar genealogy facts.
  9. When you visit a cemetery , be sure to look at all the graves in the same area, you are likely to find other relatives.
  10. Your ancestors probably moved around like people do today, for a better life. Do you know the migration trails that they might have followed?
  11. If you can’t find your ancestors in the area you thought they should be in, did you check the surrounding counties? County formations changed over the years.
  12. Did you know that the recording of deeds go back further than any other type of record? Have you tried to do some deed research?
  13. Always use more than one type of source and multiple sources to help verify the documented information because you may find contradicting information, or you may be recording the wrong family. As obscure as a name may be to you, trust us, there are plenty of the same people with the same name, even the same spouse, and children’s names. Learn how to document a reliable family tree.
  14. Have you tried different spellings of your last name? Use the soundex code to help give you some ideas to keep in mind when you are conducting genealogy research.
  15. State census records are a great source to try and find your ancestors and were conducted every couple of years. Learn what state conducted a census ,and when.


 
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