Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 7, 2011

SOME RESOURCES TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR ANCESTORS

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Some Resources to Help You Find Your Ancestors

Are you curious about where you came from or want to know more about your family history? There are many amazing stories 0) ________________ there just waiting to be discovered, but how do you get started? There’s no question that doing your genealogy research can be 1) ________________. There are many lines and connections and so many questions to ask. Where do you go to find your relatives? What type of information should you look for? How do you know that the information is 2) ________________? What if you run into roadblocks? So many questions, but you don’t need to worry. Just take it one 3) ________________ at a time.

The following 4) ________________ can help you get started with your family search. There are websites like http://www.ancestry.com that can help, but there are also plenty of ways to get started for free. Having some knowledge with the use of a computer will help speed up you research and will also be the most effective way to do it.

1. Family Tree Chart

The 5) ________________ first place to start is to write down what you know about your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents using a family tree. You can download a free Family Tree Chart from Vertex42.com. As you do your 6) ________________, you can print and link more of these charts together. I’d recommend saving an electronic copy as well as printing the family tree charts to keep in a binder or journal. You’ll probably use several sheets. This is a good way to summarize the information you find. Sometimes you may only have a first or last name, but add it anyway. Whatever information you can find now can help you later.

2. Talk to Your Family

Do you know family members that have any useful resources? Maybe you have a family member that has already done this research? Your family may also know oral stories that have been passed down. Other typical resources could include a family Bible (that has names and important dates recorded in them), old photographs, journals, letters and family artifacts.

3. Census Records

The U.S. Census was established when the country was founded so that states could know how many U.S. 7) ________________ should represent the state (based on population). A census has been taken every 10 years starting in 1790. Usually, the census is taken by head of 8) ________________. Federal laws try to protect privacy by only making records that are dated 72 years or older. Users can access census information from 1790-1930. The 1940 census report will be available April 2012. Records for the 1890 census are more difficult to come by because a fire broke out in the building they were kept in.

 

 

 

4. Newspapers.

Libraries or other community centers may store copies of old newspapers where you can find 9) ________________ which provide a lot of information in a short space. You can definitely get names and important dates, but the next of 10) __________ is also usually listed which might allow you to get in touch with relatives who can provide additional information.

Adapted from© http://vertex42blog.com/life/10-resources-to-help-you-find-your-ancestors.html

 

 

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