Remember your Ancestors
Step 1. Remember your ancestors
• Other members of the family
• Dates and places of important events such as birth, marriage, and death
• Ancestral village
Record the details for your own family, and then work back to your parents and grandparents. You can quickly see what you know and what information is missing or incomplete.
Step 2. Use Sources in Your Home. Useful sources include birth, marriage, and death certificates; family bibles; funeral programs; obituaries; wedding announcements; old letters; journals; diaries; pictures; news items and articles; notes from interviews with family members; military papers;, family registers; and ancestral papers Add this information to your pedigree charts and family group records. Record the sources of the information . This helps you and others know where the information came from.
Step 3. Ask Relatives for Information.
Make a list of other relatives and the family information they may have. Contact the relatives—visit, call, write, or e-mail them. Ask specifically for the information you would like. (For example, "Do you know when Aunt Jane was born?") Add the information to your pedigree charts and family group records.
Record the names of the relatives who gave you the information in Notes or Sources.
Step 4. Choose a Family or Ancestor You Want to Learn More About.
Look for missing or incomplete information on your pedigree chart and family records.
Select a family or ancestor with missing or incomplete information.
Start with the generations closest to you, and work your way back. Usually, it is easier to find information for a family member or ancestor born in a recent period
Step 5. See if Someone Else Has Already Found the Information.
Warning: A common mistake is to gather every reference to the surname even if the person is not clearly a relative.
If using familysearch.org
• Look for the names in Search for Ancestor
• Look for the names in the Family History Library Catalogue, Surname Search.
• Look for published family histories on other Web Sites or at public archives and libraries. Look for unpublished manuscripts, local histories; computer databases and surname listings; compiled pedigrees, biographies; indexes to original records such as marriages, monumental inscriptions; registries for research exchange; surname or one name lists; family history societies in relevant areas
• The information you find varies from record to record. These records may include: Names of children, spouse, parents, siblings, and other family members. Birth or baptism, marriage, and death or burial information. Dates of other important events such as immigration or land purchases. Age at the time of dated events. Place or street of residence. Occupations. Schools attended. Military service. Religious affiliations. Countries, counties, or places of origin. Other biographical data.
• If the family histories do not contain information about the family you want, search for records from the locality where your ancestor lived.
• Step 6. Search Records for Information.
• If using Familysearch.org
• Use Research Guidance. Research Guidance helps you find copies of original records, such as censuses and birth records, based on where the person lived and the time of his or her birth, marriage, or death. You select the place and time, and Research Guidance provides a list of recommended things to do and records to search in priority order.
• It will tell you how you can organise your files; how to find the name of the place where your ancestor lived and how to find information about it; how to find maps; how to find compiled sources.
• It will give you research strategies for finding births, marriages and deaths from 1066 to 1537, 1538 to 1837and 1837 to the present day and will tell you where to look for the records.
• For example Records may be Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate Census Church Records Monumental Inscriptions/Church Monuments Cemetery Records Probate Records, Pre-1858 Probate Records, 1858 to Present Death Certificate Newspapers Military Records Family History Biography Occupational Records Manorial Record Inquisitions Post mortem Land Records Visitations Chancery Court Records Tax Records Quarter Sessions Voters Lists School and University Records Poor Law Records Quarter Sessions Voters Lists City and Regional Directories Obituary
• There is also Research Guidance for Ireland.