Getting Started

Are you ready to get started on your research but don’t know where or how to start. Well, start with yourself and then work your way back. Take it one step at a time.

There are two forms, a Pedigree and Family Group Record, that are very helpful to use in your research and can be downloaded free from the LDS Family Search. Just use the index to locate, download and print both forms. Be sure to make spare copies of each, as they will be needed later. These forms are readily available on the Internet at other places and you certainly, do not have to use the ones I’ve linked to. Also, the Family Search forms have listed places for “Endowed, Sealed to Parents, Sealed to Spouse” etc., these sections can be ignored and are not a requirement.

The Pedigree Chart shows your direct family ancestors, you, your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, etc. Fill out the Pedigree with as much information as you know. List full names, dates of birth and death; locations of birth and death. Put your name on line 1, your father on line 2, your mother on line 3. Your father’s parents on lines 4 & 5 and so on. Your mother’s parents on lines 6 & 7. The male side is listed on the top line and the corresponding female side on the line just underneath. When you have filled in what you can, move on to the Family Group Record.

The Family Group Record is for recording information about a specific individual family that includes all the details about the parents and their children. Fill out one record for each direct family line. One for your parents, your grandparents etc.

Once you have filled in what you know, stop and take a look at what you are missing. Think about who can help fill in the missing information. Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, anyone that can help with details. The more information you can get, the better it is!

When it comes to doing research, everything is not always black and white. You have to think about everything with an open mind. Names we know our relatives by could be nicknames not their given names, birth locations could be where they lived, not born and surname spelling could have changed over the years. You have to think out of the box sometimes.

I am going to start adding links to some really great sites for research, some will be free and others will be by subscription. They are all great sites and well worth checking out.


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