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Beginning Your Family History

by Kay Clarke and Diane Granger


Introduction

 

Step 1. Identify what you know about your family and prepare for research
  Information on hand
  Getting organized
  Computers and the Internet
  Use of charts
   
Step 2. Decide what you want to learn and start your research
  Choosing where to begin
  Interviewing your family
  Corresponding
   
Step 3. Find and use offical records
  Locating records
  Vital records and church or parish records
  Census records
  Maps and gazetteers
   
Step 4. Evaluate the information
  Truth or fiction
  Continuation of the search