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Fill out a PEDIGREE CHART with everything you know about your ancestors. Start with yourself in position one. To obtain the Pedigree Chart, click here.
Note any missing data on the pedigree chart from step 1. Communicate with parents, siblings, grandparents and other relatives, including your oldest living relative, to obtain whatever additional information they have regarding your family line. Ask about copies of BIRTH, MARRIAGE and DEATH CERTIFICATES, as well as journals, letters, photos and other records available. They may know of others who have information about your family. Add the information you have gathered to the pedigree chart and obtain FAMILY GROUP SHEETS to organize families. To obtain the Family Group Sheet, click here.
Search available records beginning with the easiest first. Go to FamilySearch and click on the Search tab. Enter the name of the individual and search the collection of records. If too many names appear, refine your search by adding additional information.
Search the online census, both federal and state.
Search the social security death indexes.
Search Google with the name of the individual you are looking for. Enter the name in quotes to refine the search.
Go to the FamilySearch Catalog and do a place search. Look for vital records listed under the place you have entered which will include:
Next look for church records which also provide information about:
Go to Ancestry.com and look for vital records in the places your ancestor lived.
Make a record of your research on a RESEARCH LOG which you can download by clicking here.
Click Here to view various software programs that are available to record and organize your genealogy information:
Search for land records under a FamilySearch Catalog place search as shown in step 5
Look for immigration records
Go to FamilySearch Wiki and type in the state, country, or subject for answers that will guide you in doing further research on your family.
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