Genealogy for Teens

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Basic genealogy steps for teens to trace their family trees

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Genealogy for Teens : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 Genealogy for Teens Sharan Farmer Ellis County Genealogical Society www.rwrinnovations.com

What is Genealogy? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 What is Genealogy? The study of your family lineage -- your unique family history. It includes a personal family record of you and your ancestors, their children, birth dates and places, marriage records, and death information. www.flickr.com www.flickr.com www.flickr.com www.flickr.com

Why should I trace my family tree? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 Discover your roots Understand your past Become a part of history Challenging Family health history It’s Why should I trace my family tree? FUN! www.animationgold.com

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© Sharan Farmer 2009 Print family group sheets and ancestor charts to fill in as you learn information. Start with you! Write down everything you know about family names, dates, and places. Interview your mom, dad, and grandparents to find out everything they know. Ask them if someone else in the family has already prepared a family tree. Double check info with primary sources. Verify! How do I get started? www.arlington.k12.ma.us

What are those charts? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 What are those charts? Pedigree Chart -- begins with you and branches back with your ancestors. www.wpclipart.com

And this chart? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 And this chart? Family Group Sheet -- details for only one family including the parents and children nwscc.edu

How do I conduct an interview? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 How do I conduct an interview? Don’t limit to just parents and grandparents! Schedule a time Prepare questions Carry pen, paper, recorder Double check dates and spellings Get the stories too Show interest! www.flickr.com

Should I document sources? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 Should I document sources? For credibility and traceability Even if it is Grandma or Aunt Edna! Type of source and where you found it Make copies or photograph Include places NOT to look again! YES!

How do I check my facts? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 How do I check my facts? Use primary sources Verify secondary sources Distinguish between fact and fiction FACT www.caslt.org

What are primary sources? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 What are primary sources? Birth certificates Marriage licenses Death certificates Family Bibles US census Wills and probates Diaries and journals Military records Deeds and land records www.denisonhansen.org www.soley.com www.spoonergen.com

And where do I find those records? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 And where do I find those records? At the county courthouse in: County Clerk’s office District Clerk’s office National Archives and Records Administration At the library On the Internet From family members www.flickr.com

What are secondary sources? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 What are secondary sources? Letters Newspapers Obituaries Family histories Indexes for census, births, marriages, etc. Collections of cemetery inscriptions Evaluate!

Should I collect photographs? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 Should I collect photographs? Ask to see family albums Scan photos to computer Take digital photos of relatives and memorabilia Share digital photos with family with email Use them to tell a story www.flickr.com

What do I do with the info now? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 What do I do with the info now? Notebook Scrapbook Slide show Web site Framed family tree www.flickr.com www.flickr.com www.flickr.com

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When will I be through? : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 When will I be through? NEVER! www.king-cart.com

Sources : 

© Sharan Farmer 2009 Sources Genealogy Research: The Basics by Carolyn Schott http://www.grhs.org/rig/bess/genealogy_basics.htm How to Interview a Relative by Kimberly Powell http://genealogy.about.com/cs/oralhistory/ht/interview.htm Family Group Record chart http://c.mfcreative.com/pdf/trees/charts/famgrec.pdf Pedigree chart http://genealogy.about.com/library/free_charts/pedigree.pdf Flickr YouTube

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