Monday, June 22, 2009

Genealogy for Beginners

Genealogy for Beginners
Searching for the past history of one's family is a fascinating experience and very worthwhile.
It's fun interesting and sometime there is a financial rewards if you dib up a rich ancestor.
Who were your forebears and where did they come from.
It's generally considered good manners to enclosed a stamped self addressed envelope when corressponding with people or places when researching oversea.
You should use a Pedigree Chart to map out your genealogy it allows you to record your direct line ancestry only- your parents,grandparents and so on.
Brothers,& Sisters,Auntys & Uncles are recored on Family Groups Record Sheets, these forms can be purchased from Genealogical Societies and Family History Groups.
When recording names of married women on the charts you always use the maiden names.
All dates should be written in full, eg. 9 Setember 1868 not 9.9.1868.
Sep for September, Oct. for October is allowed.
Use the Family Groups Record Sheet to document your research as new data is added.
Genealogical research must always be carried out from the known to the unknown and it's more usual to work backwards.
Frequently names were spelt incorrectly particularly in early parish records. This may have been due to either the illiteracy of the paties concerned and thier inability to spell even thier own names.
Or the possible deafness of the registering clerk.
Tracing both genealogy and Family history can be very satisfiying hobbies.
Especially when you realise that the people you are investigating once lived and that you may have inherited thier characteristics & physical features.
Childerns benefits from a knowledge of thier ancestors history become more meaningful to them.
George Thomas Saviel
23 June 2009

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