Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Help to Choose What Line to Research

As we ended in our last blog I was at a point of choosing to extend one of the family lines from the following list:
  • William Gimson
  • Thomas Marsh
  • Francis Stallabrass
  • William Andrews
  • Anne Brignell 
As I reviewed of the above, I realized that they were pretty far back in the 1700s; as this is a beginners blog I felt I should try and find a family that needed additional research from the later 1800s which would be about the time period grandparents or great grandparents. 

Using the Custom List feature in my Ancestral Quest software I created a list of of 'End of Line' from my current database. 

Now there will not be as many individuals in your new family file but you still can get a report from what has been entered thusfar in your program. I've chosen Janet Boyd and William Pentland to hopefully extend at least one generation for the moment. Here is all we have at this point:

We do have their children but are concentrating on extending either one of these lines at this time. 

Our next blog will begin with the Scotland Census Records which are available in transcription format on Ancestry.com. The actual copies of the originals are only available on ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk.

Watch as we search for clues to extend and add more information for William Pentland and Elizabeth Boyd.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Beginning Research Steps..

You've done all the basics, added all the information from family members and relatives and you still have many bits of missing information and you've only gone back a couple of generations, now what?

This is where you begin to take time to look for the missing information and family members from various online databases or repositories if necessary and become a bit of a genealogy detective.

Looking at your pedigree chart is the first step to finding what is missing. If I look at mine, I notice that I've got a number missing ancestors to locate:

I'd like to introduce you to the Research Process...if you follow this you will always be able to be through in your research and follow its design. FamilySearch Wiki has a great article on this which takes you step by step through the research process: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Process

1) Identify what you know
2) Decide what you want to learn
3) Select records to search
4) Obtain and search the records
5) Evaluate and Use the Information

In my diagram above, I could use this guide to seek out the parents of William Gimson, Thomas Marsh, Francis Stallabrass, William Andrews and Anne Brignell.

With all the choices, I need to carefully look at each one and follow these steps.

Have a stab at it, next week I'll write up my step by step and let's see how good each of you did. Feel free to share.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

A New Year - New Findings!

Last year our emphasis was on gathering the information around us, from our home, from living family members and creating a file system to keep them organized. 

Just like the flower buds above, the seeds of family history have been sown and will blossom as you continue to build upon what you have done up to this point.

I'd like to review what we've done thus far and move onto the research process in hopes that all who are following this blog can get caught up as a New Year begins. Click on the following links to review what we have covered in 2014:

Enjoy reviewing as we begin 2015 with the resolve to add and grow your Family Tree. 

My dear friend Pat from Dear Myrtle is also reaching out to new individuals through her new series entitled Beginning Genealogy. This is the link to her first episode done on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015.

With all these great aids and ideas its going to a Family History feast for 2015!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

What was Christmas Like for Your Grandparents?

A Norwegian Christmas, 1846 painting by Adloph Tidemand

When thinking of Christmas, it is fun to think of the traditions that are often passed down through the generations and to learn the history behind them. 

Its even more interesting when you ask your grandparents to share some of the stories of what it was like for them on Christmas as children. Even your own parents will have different ways this special time of the year was celebrated within their family.

Often the responses will be filled with stories of different types of gifts, family coming together and perhaps even a story of how they helped another needy family nearby.

I've read a number of interesting stories where children have helped other children out with a gift, a coat, some shoes and food as well as the different types of toys they enjoyed playing with.

From the various ways to serve Christmas dinner to the way a tree is decorated, it all makes for fascinating stories to share and write down in a journal and in the notes on a specific person in your family history.

Different countries celebrate it differently, as most of us have ancestors who come from other countries, looking up how they celebrated Christmas would be a fun activity for all ages.

Of course the nativity scene set up in my home is very dear to our family along with the tree and all the trimmings.

Feel free to share your stories about past Christmases so that we all can enjoy them.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving...A Great Time to Add to Your Family History Research

With the Thanksgiving holiday 20 days away and all the necessary activities that go with it tends to bring on feelings of being overwhelmed. 

In spite of that, planning family activities on top of the cooking can be the perfect opportunity to include additional and not often included family members.

Usually the time spent together is often the time when individuals share memories from the past as well as discuss things that are happening in their lives today.

Lots of stories help to fill in the gaps of people's lives as well as writing down the events of the day. Adding family pictures will make this one of the best times to help add to your family history and create memories that can be passed down to your descendants. 

This combination can add to your collection of information, documents, stories and pictures as you progress through building your family history.

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy family and be thankful for all we have. Please consider sharing your ideas, thoughts, successes and even failures as together we can help one another in the journey we call life.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Follow-Up..

You've had your first visit and interview with an older relative. Its time to take that information and place it in your own files along with any extra items you acquired. Here are some thoughts and suggestions:

1. Send a "Thank You" note to that relative. You would be surprised how much that means to them and most likely they would have you over again and offer you additional information.

2. Transcribe the recorded meeting to the best of your ability.

3. Enter any pertinent information into your genealogical database software so that it is not lost.

4. Scan any photos, documents, newspaper clippings that they shared or allowed you to have and return them if they were only on loan.

5. Write up a little report for your own records, creating a story of that person and their family.

6. Be sure to get permission to share the stories, pictures and other items you acquired while visiting.

7. Share photos and other interesting stories you learned with other family members.

8. Creating a blog and/or add the story and pictures to FamilySearch FamilyTree for others to learn more about that individual. 

9. Pace yourself with each of these steps, review everything and ask another person to also review them with you. This will help to make sure all the information is collected and nothing is missing.

10. Store any items you now have in a file for that family so that you'll have them to refer to again in the future if needed.

11. Determine what additional information you need to locate from the new found information to continue your desire to fill your family tree.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Acquiring Information from a Relative

When it comes to gathering additional information, after you've added what you can, it is a good idea to ask other family members. Often in the same family, individuals remember events differently. An example of this is when a group of people look at a painting, each one in the group sees different things in that painting.

Additionally, older members of the family will have memories that younger family members may not even be aware of as they were not part of the family yet. Case in point, my mother was the youngest and my aunt was the oldest, so when I approached each of them for family history information, while some of the information was the same, a good majority of it was different.

Some preparation is suggested in order to have greater success, not everyone remembers everything when just asked on the spot. Placing a phone call, writing a letter or even sending an email with some pre-set questions is often very helpful for the older family member. This gives them time to perhaps look things up and write them down so that when you visit they are more prepared.

Set a time that is convenient for them and bring some recording equipment, as recalling specific events can sometimes trigger interesting family stories or situations that help to bring life to the typical birth, marriage and death dates.

Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their time and to send a 'Thank You' note once you have visited.

So what kinds of questions do you ask? There are a number of online articles to help with this,  Family Tree Magazine has put together a simple list of 20 Questions for Interviewing Relatives which is a great start. Another help is from Climbing Your Family Tree called "Good Questions for Family Interviews" which is also printable. FamilySearch also has a simple sheet that can be printed to help from their youth section in the FamilySearch Research Wiki entitled "A Family History Interview".

There are plenty of helps to make this a wonderful time spent with older and other family members. Spending time with family is always a great opportunity to create lasting relationships with those we love!

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