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Genealogy eBook

Genealogy eBook



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Published by Donnette Davis
Useful when researching your own family tree.
Useful when researching your own family tree.

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Published by: Donnette Davis on Oct 19, 2008
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Genealogy Ebook
How to Do Genealogy Research at the LDS UtahCenter
The Latter-day Saint Family History Library contains the largest collection of genealogicalinformation in the world. The library, originally founded by the Genealogical Society of Utah in1894, is committed to capturing on film all worldwide data on public record such as deeds, wills,marriages, births and deaths.
The Web Site
 1. Visit the Family History Library Web site to get information about the library location and itshistory. (See Related Sites.)2. Find the directions to the library, a layout of the library records and information about hotelaccommodations.3. Note the library's hours. With the exception of Sundays and seven other days each year, thelibrary is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdaythrough Saturday.
 1. Visit the orientation center upon entering the library.2. Attend the short orientation session to become familiar with this sizable library. There are fivefloors, four of which are open to the public.3. Obtain a printed guidebook, which can help you use almost every system in the library.4. Check out the schedule of the various classes that are available throughout the day. They'refree and given by volunteers and staff members to aid in your use of the databases andresource information.5. Plan your day around the classes. Like the orientation, these classes are extremely valuable.
 1. Do computer research on the more than 70 computers available in the library.2. Use a stand-up computer for quick searches. Use is limited to about 15 minutes.
3. Utilize a sit-down computer for up to one hour.4. Find more computers one block away in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. These off-sitecomputers have access to the library indexes and are recommended for beginners.5. Check out up to five films or five books at a time. These are available for use in the libraryonly.6. Take advantage of the assistants available on each floor. They are there to help patrons learnhow to search, but not to find the information for you.7. Print out information from a computer for about 5 cents per page, and make photocopies forabout the same price.8. Get printouts of microfiche for 20 cents a page.9. Download data onto your own disks or purchase disks from the library.
 Be prepared to wait in line to make copies.Plan to spend at least half a day getting oriented and another two days on research.Keep in mind that research can be quite exhausting when trying to schedule how much timeyou'll need.
How to Research Your Family History Online
Genealogical information abounds on the Web. What would have taken months of research andletter writing previously can now be accomplished within a few minutes. Even so, be prepared towade through volumes of genealogical data in an effort to find one piece to your puzzle.
 1. Have your family history information handy. It should be focused on you and work backwardtoward your parents and then their parents.2. Check out the helpful sites that exist simply for your use in genealogical research. These sitescontain databases and search capabilities that can quickly aid in determining whether you areon the right path in your search.3. Find the Latter Day Saints' extensive Web site, which covers parts of Europe, the East Coastand North America for several generations. The Latter Day Saints are renowned for their workin genealogy.4. Use the Social Security Administration's database, an excellent source in the United States.This can be accessed easily through the genealogical research Web sites.5. Search for your family name followed by the word "family" (i.e., "Smith family") using yourfavorite search engine. This will connect you to countless Web sites of family searches thathave gone on before you. It's possible that one side of your family heritage has already beenresearched.
6. Check the Library of Congress and public libraries' book catalogs on the Web. Run a searchfor books that contain your family name in the title or in the author's name. Sometimeshistorical books on a particular period, such as books on immigration through Ellis Island, offerlinks to your personal history.7. Take advantage of The National Genealogical Society's online introductory course togenealogy, which is offered for a fee. You don't have to be a member of the society to enroll inthe course.8. Consider having a professional search company help find your missing relatives. Countlesscompanies exist on the Web waiting to aid in your genealogical search.9. Download free trial software from one of the many sites on the Web to experiment withrecording your family information.
 Try to narrow your search and only look at those items that are extremely closely related toyour quest. It is possible to spend many fascinating, yet useless hours chasing information. Tryto remain focused on your search.Although records have been found dating back to a person in Europe in 1200 A.D., the LatterDay Saints' Web site information is not as complete as the CD databases available at publicgenealogy libraries or at their own genealogy libraries located in most major cities around theworld.
How to Use Family Sources in a GenealogySearch
Family members remain one of the best beginning sources of knowledge in your genealogysearch.
 1. Write down all the names you know on both sides of your parents' families. Begin with yourname and work backward to your parents and then their parents.2. Find your birth certificate. This contains your parents' legal names and birth dates.3. Contact your parents, if possible, and solicit their help with names and dates. You'll likely findnames of relatives you've never heard of but who were an integral part of your parents' earlychildhood experiences.4. Check with your parents to see if they'll let you look through their family legal records (birthcertificates, death certificates, military records). Make photocopies and return the originals toa safe place.5. Go through old family photo albums. Look for writing on the backs and below the photos inthe albums.6. Look at framed photographs. Sometimes something such as an obituary notice is storedbehind a photo in a picture frame.

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