Start your family history research! This easy-to-understand guide will help you find your ancestors efficiently and with confidence. Inside, you’ll find expert advice on the basics of genealogy, with tutorials for building a family tree, finding and understanding key genealogy records, and organizing your files and research, plus a roundup of can’t-miss beginner-friendly genealogy websites.
Who Should Get This eBook
You’ll love the Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy eBook if…
- You’re new to family history research and don’t know where to start
- You want to get a family member or friend interested in genealogy
- You’d love to go “back to the basics” and revisit work you’ve already done
Excerpt: Sample Tips
Here are some tips you’ll find in the Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy eBook:
- Move backward in time. Start with the most recent members of your family (you and your parents), then carefully document each generation as you go backward in time. This will keep you from making rash jumps—you don’t want to end up researching the wrong ancestors!
- Talk to your relatives. Ask any living relatives about their memories. Don’t ask just about facts and dates—get the stories of their growing up and of the ancestors they remember. Try to phrase questions with “why,” “how,” and “what.”
- Always check your sources. Verify any information you find in family trees created by other people using records and documents. Apply this same mentality to “hints” generated by sites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, which can be helpful but are not foolproof.
Contents of the Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy eBook:
Part 1: Jump-Starting Your Research
- 10 Steps to Start Building Your Family Tree
- Counting Cousins: How to Calculate Cousinhood
- Busted!: 10 Genealogy Myths Debunked
- The Roaring Twenties: 20 Timeless Genealogy Tips
Part 2: Tech Tools
- 25 Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners
- Should You Take the Hint?: Evaluating Hints in Online Family Trees
- Walk of Fame: The 101 Best Genealogy Websites
Part 3: Genealogy Records 101
- Counting Up: Practical Tips for Searching Censuses
- First Generation: 3 Basic Immigration Records
- Source Spotlight: Birth Records
- Source Spotlight: Marriage Records
- Source Spotlight: Death Records
Part 4: Organizing Your Research
- Work It Out: 7 Genealogy Worksheets
- Ties That Bind: How to Create a Family History Binder
- Showing Your Work: Genealogy Source Citation Basics
- Your-Digital-Files.jpg: How to Manage and Label Digital Files
The Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy eBook comes in PDF format and can be printed out or viewed on your tablet, laptop or desktop computer for easy reference while working with your family memories. Portions of this eBook were originally published in Family Tree Magazine.