Your Immediate and Past Relatives:
Begin your research by interviewing your own family members. Make an outline with as much current information as you and your relatives now know. That outline should include:
their full names
dates of birth and/or death
places of birth and/or death
Also, set up folders where you can gather pictures, documents (or a copy of an original document), special stories, and any other information your relatives can provide.
As you talk with relatives, don't forget to ask about a family Bible. Important information has been recorded in Bibles for many generations.
Continue your research by searching cemeteries where burial was likely, going to the county courthouse and requesting information, and using the internet sites listed on our Genealogy Links page.
Genealogy information is normally compiled in one of three ways:
A manual system with a page for each family.
A manual system by generation (See Sample)
Computer system using commercial software.
In our opinion commercial software provides excellent charts, graphs and lists for the compilation of information. However, as noted in the Presentation section, it is a very poor system for presentation for your relatives' use -- especially for those who do not use (or like to use) computers.
Therefore we believe in a computerized system for recording information and providing charts and graphs for the first 10 generations with a manual system, by generation, for presenting information to relatives and future generations.
When we refer to a "manual" system, we are referring to using word procressing, spreadsheet, and drafting software rather than specialized genealogy software.
Genealogy research is normally done with the goal of providing a means of presenting ancestral information for family and relatives and the recording of this information for future generations. It should be as easy to understand as possible and not just a collection of names and dates.
Presentations we prepare include the following:
A complete outline of the first five generations, including the following:
|Great-grandparents (See Sample)
The outline includes as many details as possible, providing:
|Charts (ancestors & descendants)
||Copies of original documentation of below items:
|Birth records ||Death records|
|Marriage certificates ||Wills||
|Naturalization papers ||Newspaper clippings, etc.|
We also include as much detail as possible covering the following:
|Youth ||Education (including sports & activities)|
||Where met & married spouse|
||Clubs & organizations|
|Why> moved from/to addresses
Basic histories of the four major surnames of each grandparent (& their grandparents) going back as far as the research covers. (See Sample)
A summary of the remaining ancestors. This should be done in the sections of the four major surnames. (See Sample)
A listing and all available information on the direct ancestors that served in a major war:
|American Revolution|| War of 1812|
|Civil War|| World War I|
|World War II|| Korean War|
|Vietnam|| Gulf Wars|
- Occupations besides farming and military (See Sample)
- They came to America -- a listing and as much detail as possible providing information when your ancestors came to America, where they came from and where they settled. (See Sample)
- Special stories of interest involving your ancestors. (See Sample)
- Anything else, such as statistics, that will add to the interest of your presentation.
We recommend you present the information in five segments or books, plus on CD(s) for saving on your computer:
Segment 1 (Book 1)
Yourself, parents, siblings, children and all other relatives such as aunts, uncles & cousins.
Segment 2 (Book 2)
Your grandfather's (father's side) genealogy and all his ancestors
Segment 3 (Book 3)
Your grandmother's (father's side) genealogy and all her ancestors
Segment 4 (Book 4)
Your grandfather's (mother's side) genealogy and all his ancestors
Segment 5 (Book 5)
Your grandmother's (mother's side) genealogy and all her ancestors