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
Family health history
It’s Why should I trace my family tree? FUN! www.animationgold.com Slide 4: © 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
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
Wills and probates
Diaries and journals
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
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
Framed family tree www.flickr.com www.flickr.com www.flickr.com Slide 15: © Sharan Farmer 2009 www.youtube.com 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