Before you sign on to Ancestry, even before interviewing your parents and grandparents, you should fill out an individual worksheet for yourself. The information recorded on this sheet forms the foundation for all your future research.
Start with Yourself
Start with yourself, the known, and work toward the unknown. Find out all the vital information you can about your parents and write it down. Then find out about your grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.
Names, Dates, Places, Relationships
Gather all the names, event dates and places that you can. Use a lineage chart and family group sheets to help organize the information. People can be identified in records by their names, the dates of events in their lives (birth, marriage, death), the places they lived, and by relationships to others either stated or inferred in the records.
The place to begin is at home. Here you can find much information in family Bibles, newspaper clippings, military certificates, birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, diaries, letters, scrapbooks, backs of pictures, baby books, etc.
Use Printed Forms to Record and Organize your Research
- Free blank genealogy forms are available on several internet sites. I like these plain forms from MidWest Genealogy Center.
- These beautiful, decorative family tree charts are provided by A3sider.
- More free charts and forms from Brigham Young University.
- Family Tree Templates offers 8 generation charts, fan charts, circular charts, photo charts, and dozens more.
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