*For advanced researchers only*
Do you want to learn more about your family history? If that’s a yes, then you should probably learn to understand how genealogy works. Have you ever heard about genealogy? In my case, I have never thought I would come to this amazing family tree facts gathering and planning until I researched about it. I mean, who doesn’t want to know the history of their family and where it all started, right?
Well, for a short introduction of what genealogy is all about, it is the gathering of facts and information about your family tree which includes your family history and so on. It will let you update the facts view when you add your family facts, current family members, sources and more to let you explore the greatness of your family tree. Now, to get started with it, take a look at these common tasks which is a quick guide for you on how you can perform them, the genealogy, in just a matter of time:
Step 1 – Find a person in your family tree.
While you are working with this feature for your genealogy work at the same time, this is what you need to do first. I have a hard time figuring out the first person I am doing the research because we have a big family so it’s a dilemma and a joy all together. If you find one to do the search first, then you are settled in.
Step 2 – Focus on the chosen individual.
After you have opened your family tree, then you need to guarantee to give time and focus on it before shifting to other studies. You can add notes to view the person you are studying to make the process easy and steady.
Step 3 – Add the information in your site if you have one.
Save the information you have gathered in your computer or if possible, in your site so that you save the person to another family tree easily and you can go on with your research then.
Step 4 – Add related facts.
After you have gathered information, you can add the facts you have noted in your computer or notes to view in later for revisions.
Step 5 – Compare your relationship with the individual.
The moment you have gathered the information of your family member or relatives, compare the relationship within your part and in that way, you can make sure that you are going on the right track. There are certain issues in which other members of the family or relatives can be of another family tree.
Step 6 – See how sources and facts are connected together.
When you are on the verge of finishing your gathered information of the certain individual in your family, start connecting the lines indicating to which sources support the fact and then add it to your list for documentation purpose. In that way, you can have access to other information again for your next family member to interview.
These steps can be really easy if you pull it off properly. It can be your guide to knowing your family tree and the rest. Keep on gathering information and always asked related and factual questions.
If you really are serious in committing yourself with genealogy and to learn more about it, there are dozens of good places in the world where you can find a date of birth and so on. But the real question is, do the places you know are enough to gather information? Are these the only places that you should stick with your information gathering process? I will give you some hints. Did you know that some of those same resources you have in your possession right now can be a holding much difficulties to come by information too? Yes, that is true; I have experienced that before when I was just starting my genealogy research and collections.
To start with genealogy, we all have our go-to sources to gather certain facts like for census records for ages, relationships and then whereabouts. Also, census can be of good use for draft registration cards for addresses and next of kin. According to my research and experience as well, some of these same sources can hold surprise details that you didn’t even know it existed.
So today, we will tell few of our favorite surprise sources that you might be familiar with and be informed about them:
- The year 1870.
With the help of census these days, you can find details about deaths that happened 12 months prior to the taking of the information on mortality schedules. Census has been around between 1850 and 1880 but, surprisingly, those lists included the lists of slaves who have died during the covered years in which the only information they have would be the slave’s name, age, cause of death and the possible birthplace prior to 1870 slavery. Are you surprised to know i? Well, I am too. It’s really shocking and interesting to know.
- Children issues.
When it comes to gathering information using census, you can unlock big discoveries once you dig deeper with the information you are looking for. For example, for the case of your great grandmother’s children. You might discover that she had given birth to several children and some of them were still alive perhaps till now. The census may be wrong or misguided but it could be true as well. I am making sure this has happened in some people who have tried to dig deeper with their family tree.
- Maiden name.
As close to finding children of your great grandmother, you can also discover the changes in their maiden name. For a clear and full disclosure about it if you have found information about it, it is better to seek professional help before closing it for yourself. That would be the first thing I would do if ever that happens to me. Tracking down marriage record can be a difficult task but with professional help, it can be done properly.
- Photo and other images.
If you have a case that you don’t know what your great grandparents’ looks like, then looking in the passport applications could be your ticket to knowing it. You might not expect to find what you are thinking about but, if you’re lucky, you’ll also land every family history in just a photo. Isn’t it amazing?
Now go and start searching for more information and you might get a chance to grab great ones on the way. Good luck and may find them all!
If you want to update the facts and views of your family tree, then you need to know genealogy and the basic knowledge of how to do it yourself or with a help of an expert. It is not easy to trace up your family roots, history and gather facts from different parts of the world or even online searching.
I have tried it and I find it so hard if you have no guidance and if you have no proper tips that you should follow as your steps. To get you started, take a look at these basic genealogy facts and tips that you should remember and take down notes if you are going to start building your family tree as of this moment:
- What is Genealogy?
For other people, they say it is just all about family tree and something but it is more than that. It is the search for our ancestors if you are really serious of knowing them. Studying about our family history can lead you there and using those information from each area you have gathered, it can provide you with a true picture of what your family looks like.
- Start with yourself.
Yes, you’ve read that right. If you are going to start genealogy, you need to start gathering information about yourself first. You need to document everything you know about yourself in which it includes your spouse and your children if you have your grandchildren and the rest. Start with the occupation you have, the place you live and all the important events that you have made and encountered in your live. Afterwards, only then you can start working backwards about the information you have gathered and then continue with your living relatives.
- Always have a list.
This one is really important for you to have one. You should make a list of all the living relatives after you have completed your personal genealogy. You can start by interviewing them and be prepared with list of questions that you can search online. Or, you can use a tape recorder for their answers so you can take good notes.
- Focus on one or two families.
Now do remember this one, each generation in your family doubles the number of ancestors in which you can get lost if you don’t have a plan ahead for your trip. You should focus on one or two of your family and then the others will still be there when you are ready to get to them. I always make sure I have extra time before to do it to avoid complications.
- Start with the females of your family.
In the world of genealogy, the female lines are as important as the male lines too. It is possible that one-half of your ancestors are female for instance. Now, that can be more difficult to locate because the moment they got married, they also changed their names, right? This might be your toughest one to do but if you can do this, then everything else is easy now. Just don’t forget to document everything you find on your ancestors because if you have undocumented genealogy, it might be put in the mythology case which is not good.
I hope the basic tips will help you start your journey towards genealogy and to your family history location. That is how you do it first and the rest will come to you. Good luck!
If you can see all around the world, we are defined in different kinds of aspect in life. Whether it is all about religion, if you are a Catholic, a Muslim or any types of religion all around the world or a person can be defined in their complexion, gender preference and beliefs. But for me, all the people in the world are united in one aspect and that is about family history.
We can see everywhere that there are different kinds of races all around us. There are the Americans, Black Community, Asians and so many more. We have different kinds of culture but we are united in our love and respect for our family and the history of where we came from, right? For instance in my own experience, I am once enlightened by the greatness of the history of our family root as people and as one community. I studied them because I got curious, interested and fascinated by the information I have gathered so many years. It is like my whole new dedication as a person and as faithful individual in this country.
For those of you who are confused on what I really want to express here, let me tell you this. In the year 2010, according to the Ancestry.com, the first edition of The Source in 1984, it’s a book that quickly became one of the most coveted and then become a standard reference in the field of genealogy and family history. It is like the bible of when and where our family have started and began growing as people in this world.
If you are wondering what genealogy is all about I’m talking here, it simply means family tree or pedigree chart that represents family relationships in a conventional tree structure. Now if you have encountered a more detailed family trees used in medicine and social work, it is called the genograms which is a different thing with genealogy that we are tackling about right now.
To give you clear information about genealogy, while family trees are represented as trees, family relations do not literally or in general form a tree in the sense of graph theory, since distant relatives can mate, so a person or two can have a common ancestor on their mother’s and father’s side which is really not what we expected the moment we know something about our family history, right?
To deeply understand genealogy, experts in this field are called genealogists and they use the information they have gathered from the study of the lives they led from each area in which it provides us with a true picture of our family. Isn’t it amazing and exciting as well? The moment I have learned about it, I am pretty much excited myself too to know what my family tree will look like before.
Facts, figures and many speculation have been raised the moment they introduce genealogy in the public but you can’t stop the truth from coming out, that’s what they experts would say. Well, I guess for me, it really works and it really captures the attention of the people and now it is known to be really successful and true to what family is all about.
Think about that.
-Sir Peter Charles