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Useful Forms

Here is a list of useful websites with free forms:

www.familytreemagazine.com/info/basicforms
www.capitalareagenealogy.org/page_18a.htm
dept.cs.williams.edu/~bailey/genealogy/
familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Forms

What is Genealogy?

Genealogy is the study of the descents of families and persons from an ancestor or ancestors.  Please take these as basic guidelines not hard fast rules

Make a goal

You need a specific goal so you can develop a plan. You have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, and so on. You need a specific goal or question, or you could end up floundering.

Work Backward

Take your already identified ancestors and use their information to go further back in time.  You will already have information to use.

Gather any information that is already easily available to you

One of the best resources is your relatives.  They might have names and dates.  In addition, gather any documentation like marriage certificates, death certificates, photos, etc. They will have data that will help you in your search.

Keep track of your sources

By documenting everything, you will know where to look if you need to either verify your research or pick up where you left off. 

Don’t rely only on online sources

The internet did not exist until 1992.  Before the internet, everything was done in print. 

The work is never done.

There are always more family lines to pursue and answers to find. However, you will still know more than you did when you started.

This information was compiled from the sources below. For more details, click on the links:

usgenweb.org/research/
www.genealogyforum.rootsweb.com/gfaol/beginners/5step.htm
www.mnhs.org/genealogy/family/family.htm
www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Begin_your_genealogy_quest
www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research/getting-started-toolkit.pdf