It is critical that all project members provide us with their family tree information. I know many may have only a couple of generations and may feel “daunted” by some of the more extensive files we have. Please send what you have so we can all work together to build the information and share research! If you are unsure of how to go about creating a “FAMILY TREE”, the easiest method is to go to http://familysearch.org and download their free program http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp?page=home/welcome/simplePAFRegistration.asp
Please do NOT include any living individuals in the tree. Simply begin with your kit number as the living generation (this might be you, your parent or your grandparent) and share all the information for the first generation where the individuals are no longer living.
Some have Family Tree maker, which now allows you to search directly from your family files and download the information and merging it directly into the files. This is the program I have used for years, but it may be a bit “pricey” for those who are just starting out. The Family Search PAF program allows for the same organization and entries with a few less “bells & whistles”. The program also allows you to export your family files, so you can send them to me to be added to our all in one tree as well as your personal project page.
This will allow you to enter your father or grandfather and go back in time with the information you not only have, but are able to glean from further research. It will keep all your records/information in one place
Use SOLID research
Be very careful of accepting those family trees out there as gospel. I can say honestly that there are a few out there from my earliest days of research that are mine and they are a complete mess! I can’t pull them, so there they remain for all the world to copy, errors and all!
Look for the first deceased generation, search out “source documents”, such as census records, land & probate records, birth, marriage, and death records. Census records will provide not only the individual you are seeking, but as of the 1800 records, all members of the household. You may also find neighbors who have married into your lines. Wills & probate will provide the names involved, a locale, and date. A good rule of thumb for guessing at dates is to use the 25 year per generation rule. If you g-grandfather was born in 1857, you can figure his father’s birth 25 years (+ or -) prior to that.
Look for “naming patterns”, sons being given his paternal or maternal grandfather’s name or sons with a “given name” that is his mother’s maiden name.
While it’s exciting to have a whopping family tree, they are of very little value if you have no documentation to back up your research.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Tamara, Alan or myself if you need some assistance in building your family tree.
Our Project Members’ All in One Family Tree!
An all in one family tree, including all project members’ submitted information is now available. This provides members and visitors alike the opportunity to search by kit number, surname, given name, locales, dates, etc… All notes, recorded documentation provided as well as “pedigree” view are included.
Hopefully this will prove to be a useful tool for our project members and visitors alike.