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How to Find Your Ancestors Using a Family Tree With Sources

March 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 182

When searching for your ancestors it is best to first setup a foundation. Write down all that you know about your ancestors. I find it is best to create a family tree and to write down sources for each individual in your family tree.

When doing your research for your ancestors you want at least 2 or 3 records primary records to prove the information about your ancestors, secondary records may also be used as proof. Vital records, birth, marriage, death, church records, city records, county records, court records, land records, newspaper articles, military records, immigration records.

In some of the family trees you find on the internet will have a father that is a son to his grandson. There are many errors that occur when a tree is simply merged to another without verifying any of the information.

To correctly build your family tree, though it may be slow, it is better to add each individual, one person at a time and to record all the information that you know about that individual, when you add that person into your family tree. When following this procedure your chances of having a messed up family tree is greatly reduced.

Even when you are being very careful with entering information into your family tree it is still possible to make mistakes along the way. However using the method of adding each individual, one person at a time will greatly reduce the errors in your family trees and this makes it easier to resolve family relationship errors.

What is a primary record and what is a secondary record?

The primary record is the record that was created at the actual time of the event. Such as a birth, death or marriage. Death records often times will list other vital information and family relationships. However the information listed may be wrong. When the death record shows the birth of an individual where as the birth is before the death of an individual this is what is known as a secondary record. Secondary records are records that were recorded sometime after the actual event took place.

Having setup your research foundation what do you do next?

When searching for your ancestors there are many resources that can be used online such as Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, RootsWeb.com, Fold3.com just to name a few. Many resources are completely free where as other resources require a paid membership.

When you have sourced records about the individual you are searching for this makes it easier for you to determine if the records you have found matches the information you already know about an individual. It is possible to find a wife of an individual or a brother or some other family member by looking through government records. Military records for example will list a family member or wife of the individual when that individual signed up for the military draft.

USA Census record from 1850 until 1940 will list other individuals in the household. Relationships can also be discovered by reviewing the USA Census Records. The 1940 USA Census will be released to the public sometime in April 2012.

For every record that you find that matches your ancestor you need to record that information in your family tree. List the sources for each individual member of your family tree, so that if you were looking at your tree for the first time, you could then verify that information listed is accurate. There are so many family trees on the internet that do not list their sources or the information listed is not cannot be verified.

You should have hard copies of your research in addition to your online research. Best method is to have a separate folder for each family you are doing research on and when a family member moves out and starts a new family, you start a new folder for that family.

About the Author I have been doing genealogy work for my ancestors since the 1990s and have worked for Ancestry.com teaching people how to do their own genealogy work.

If you need help from a professional genealogy researcher please visit my web site at: GermanResearcher.com Karl is a very good genealogy researcher who specializes in German genealogy research however he can help you find your ancestors here in the USA as well.

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