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The rule book for doing proper
genealogy research is exceedingly simple.
It follows the same pattern given for translation of records. I will quote and
then paraphrase, to achieve greater clarity. [7 Behold, you have not understood;
you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save
it was to ask me. 8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your
mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your
bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. 9 But if it be
not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought
that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot
write that which is sacred save it be given you from me. 10 Now, if you had
known this you could have translated; nevertheless, it is not expedient that
you should translate now.] Reference: Oliver Cowdery’s Gift
Basic Rule #1 THE RULE BOOK
Facts and sources are not an option; they are the very essential elements
from which further actions can be prayerfully developed, to complete and
extend the known evidences. To study and evaluate information out in one's
mind, in an orderly, line upon line, structurally creative process, justification
must be assured in references that can be restudied by any other reasonable
person. Other researchers must be given information that can reduplicate
the mental process and arrive at the same conclusion as the original author
and researcher. -------- If it is right, it will be mentally satisfying to professional
genealogists and feel good. But if the evidence is not provided, it will seem
questionable and doubts will arise in the mind, causing a sense of confusion;
a stupor. To remove this feeling of doubt and unease, the scholarly mind
is compelled to seek for confirmation, by additional research as deemed
necessary, to replace the doubt with substantiating facts, or to remove
and eliminate all questionable connections made by the original author.
Dan Rottenberg mentions in: Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy,
that individuals need a degree of inner strength, since genealogy is a very lonely hobby:
nobody is likely to be interested in your particular family other than you and your relatives.
This inner strength is found in the concepts presented by Norman Vincent Peale in his
inspirational bestseller: The Power of Positive Thinking. With belief in yourself and
expecting the best, you are mentally prepared to undertake genealogy research:
personal genealogy and family history.
Walter Rye, in his A.D. 1897 edition of Records and Record Searching, mentions
a critical and significant point, that: "In working up a pedigree you should always
begin with the earliest undoubted fact in your possession." A reasonable self evaluation
of one's own mind indicates that doubt and belief upon a particular point of interest
do not exist in the mind at the same time. Using only known, undoubted facts generates
mental power to solve personal research problems in a relaxed, peaceful manner.
There is a powerful inducement to believe in your own future after literally
and correctly determining your ancestors' past accomplishments of survival
as they relate to your present condition and circumstance.
Each individual can, with proper education and training, become proficient
in genealogical research and have the deep, satisfying experience of finding
themselves through the correctly related experiences of their ancestors.
New to computers or genealogy? Welcome to Gen-Newbie.
In the Genealogical Journal, formerly published by the Utah Genealogical Association
for March-June 1976, an article appeared ("Introduction to Professional Genealogy"),
as written by John F. Vallentine, Editor. He mentions that professional genealogy
and all genealogical endeavors generally, can be placed in two major categories:
(1) Record searching, involving the search of specified categories of records
at specified locations and accurately reporting the contents of those records.
(2) Analysis, the examination of known, undoubted data on your individual pedigree
in evaluation of your research objective; accomplishing record searching considered
necessary; analyzing results of the searches as they pertain to the evaluated objective.
In performing one's own obligation to self, ancestry and posterity, as well as to
the general public at large, (for those who publish), each individual must have
personal integrity in competently combining and producing fundamentally correct,
just and true findings from the record sources reviewed. This can be easily
accomplished by following current professional genealogy standards, such as:
A. Explaining research steps taken;
B. Listing sources searched;
C. Giving citations of documents supporting your oral or written compilation; and,
D. Obtaining and presenting all essential information to allow others to carry on
further research, at your suggestion, without unnecessary duplication of research
already performed by you; or, from sources known to you.
Keep a Chronicle of Life™ - Save Your Memories Forever.
In an individual's desire to achieve and maintain competence in the compilation
of a proper pedigree, an effort will automatically be made to obtain a fundamental
knowledge of the history, legal statutes, social customs, religion, geography, and
perhaps language acquisition for the area of the ancestry involved. This in turn will
generally obtain, with the aid of select genealogical guides and books, a good working
knowledge of pertinent genealogical record sources, heir content and availability
(with the concurrent understanding of their relative genealogical value),
to achieve the goal of establishing a correct pedigree.
* Cyndi's List - Hit a Brick Wall?
* Cyndi's List - Etiquette & Ethics
* Cyndi's List - How To
* Genealogy | Princeton Public Library
* How to "DO" Family History Research
* Principles of Family History Research
* Research Process: Research Process
* Starting Your Genealogy Research
* Your Family Legacy - Ideas & Tips
↑ upΛ PREPARING THE FAMILY HISTORY
Your families are unique.
story of their family life.
The following guideline will assist you in compiling your family history:
I. OUTLINE: A guide to important dates and events in each family group lifestyle.
A. Names in full.
B. Births - When (day, month, year) and where.
C. Parent's names in full and names of grandparents.
D. Pre-school period - earliest memories, recollections of parents,
older brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, other relatives.
E. Childhood memories - early friends; schools; teachers;
advisors; adventures; dreams of the future.
F. Young adulthood - thoughts on growing up; home life; high school days;
choice of residences, college or work and the reasons for each choice;
educational, governmental or military experiences.
G. Courtship and marriage.
H. Children - where born; church christenings or blessings,
circumcisions, children's personality development as they grow;
hopes and aspirations for the children; awards received.
I. Vocations - jobs held; preparation for life's work;
success in work, awards and special recognition.
J. Church/Synagogue activities - positions held and services given.
K. Political or Civic activities - positions in organizations held and services given.
L. Religious convictions with spiritual or faith promoting experiences.
M. Various plans and hopes for the future.
II. FILE SYSTEM: Set up a file system in which you chronologically
deposit the material (hardcopy) you have and that which
you will gather in the future, for each family group.
A. Suggested file systems: In a Pile or a File
1(a). Use binders divided by time period for each area of interest; or,
(b). Use small boxes with each box representing a time in
the group family life such as pre marriage experiences,
beginning married life, family formation, child rearing,
middle years, retirement; or,
(c). Use manila folders by time period, for each area of interest.
2. Use a computer software program, or establish a set of index cards,
divided into appropriate sections. Catalog in alphabetical order
all family surnames and given names, locations, or Key Words,
contained in your binders, boxes or folders.
B. File your materials according to the categories you have selected
in your filing system. This is the basic format for the recording
of a written or oral Family Group History.
C. Choose a computer software program, such as those listed
at the Directory of Family History Software (Family Tree Maker;
or, TMG, etc.). Create, compile, organize and upload your
personal home page to obtain world wide Internet coverage.
III. FAMILY GROUP RESEARCH: Gather the necessary information.
[Step 1 for LDS (Mormon) Church Members: Identify Your Ancestors]
A. Living collective memory. This is a great beginning source.
B. Existing Records from the Family and from Genealogical Research.
3. Family Records
4. Mementos and Family Tapestries
[Note: use a scanner and enter all of the above items into
a Computer Family History Program of your choice.]
IV. WRITING SYSTEMS & HANDWRITING: Writing Family History
A. WRITING FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS and WRITING THE JOURNEY™
1. Make an outline from areas of interest in your filing system.
2. Use your own language and natural style, interjecting language
of the family time frame where available, for compilation
from original record sources.
3. Explain how and why things happened, maintaining the integrity
of the original record sources, but always emphasizing positive experiences.
4. Use good, simply written expressions,
when writing your family and personal history.
B. PERSONAL - ORAL HISTORY: Personal History
1. To prevent rambling, make at outline from areas
of interest, obtained from your family filing system.
2. Use a high quality tape recorder or digital camcorder.
3. Record in a quiet, undisturbed location.
4. Record others and speak in a clear and natural voice.
5. Record musical or dramatic talent with appropriate background effects.
6. Add other people's voices who are important to each family group.
7. Make home movies and memories with a camcorder, tape recorder, etc.
8. Convert Home videos, sound files or other images to DVD.
These can be stored in the family history section of your own media library
for later use in DVD players, or a Home theater PC.
9. References: EyeWitness to History
History through the eyes of those who lived it.
- Create a Biography Online and become part of History through the eyes
of those who lived it. Include a Personal Health History.
See: The Midwife's Tale used as a Teacher's Guide for Active Learning.
- How to Care For Home Movies
↑ upΛ FAMILY RECORDS &
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF THIS RECORD FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Archival Management: A Guide for Organizing, Cataloging & Preserving Collections
Caring for Your Family Archives: How Do I Preserve My Family Papers?
Family History for Beginners: Websites for Family History Beginners
Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository
Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling ---- Google™ Books
Publication provides basic advice on safeguarding family records.
Preserving History: Instructional Videos - Why Keep Records?
Videos and documents describing simple ways individuals
can preserve important historical items in their homes.
The Basics of Paper Conservation - YouTube™
Fathers Leading the "Genealogy Community" by Example
This being the month of June, it is appropriate to mention that Father's Day
will be presented as an event for family involvement. Father's Day is a celebration
honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence
of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June,
though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries.
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, James Tanner gave his
opinion about "Finding the Genealogy Community"
James Tanner then wrote:
The Elements of Research -- Part Seven: Can You Reproduce It? . . .
"Why am I writing all this about research? Apparently, there is a limited
amount of it around and what there is hasn't seemed to make much of an
impact on our greater genealogical community. Maybe that is the reason."
Anyone who has read the Bible and evaluated the pedigrees therein, would know
for a fact that from both the religious and secular history [King lists] contained therein,
[due to the exceedingly sparse mention of women in the said records], that absolutely,
fundamentally, as, it is demonstrated by the records themselves, (The Book of Mormon
not excluded), that record keeping was an inherent male duty and obligation. To define
the greater group of genealogists, family historians, generational historians, hobby
enthusiasts and professionals, it must be clarified once and for all that the Father
in the family, (like Abraham of old, who kept the handed down records in his day),
is accountable and responsible for his family's salvation. Thus, from an administrative
standpoint, all natural, patriarchal, and priesthood fathers, irrespective of religious
affiliations, (those human beings descending from Adam and Eve), are the inherent
leaders who are responsible for the status and functioning of the worldwide genealogy
and family history community. How can they fulfill this weighty male obligation
and unavoidable responsibility for which accountability exists?
Elder, Dean L. Larsen, "Of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy",
May 1980 issue of The Ensign, wrote about "Self-Accountability and Human Progress".
M. Russell Ballard, "Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles", provides insight,
in the June 2015 issue of The New Era, by noting information concerning
"How Are Missionaries Called?"
Following in the footsteps of all of the general authorities, fathers, prayerfully
concerned about their own eternal salvation, (as well as that of their immediate
and extended families), will show great diligence in reviewing the records
of the deceased; as if they are still "present", though physically deceased.
This gives to the fathers, the unique opportunity to know them (through all
of the acquired records) personally, and to be able to renew them and note
their posterity, (through the preservation of correct records). Thus, we,
as fathers, love them and support them in their own continued progress,
which is forever intertwined with our present family happiness and joy,
as all are part of an endless chain of life.
This "genealogical perspective" is a scientific method of looking to the past,
by using a "reverse" process of economic projection methodology; i.e.,
[an absent or imagined person (prior to genealogical confirmation
from primary source documentation) is figured forth -- the "face created"
as the Greek suggests -- in words, as if present (after the pedigree is established
according to the current genealogical proof standard).] In other words,
extrapolating trends into the past, are a function of conditions, characteristics
and data records, endogenous to the current variables in our family performance.
It reassigns and restores one's ancestry to its rightful position and "mission"
as honored parentage. We come to understand ourselves better through them,
being sealed to them forever by the virtue in Jesus Christ.
Living FAMILY and FUN Portal
Strengthen family ties with fun times, shopping, finances, home life,
working, education, recreation and social interactions worldwide.
- Old Fashioned Living.com
Brings old family traditions to modern families.
President David O. McKay:
"I know of on other place where happiness abides more securely
than in the home. It is possible to make home a bit of heaven.
Indeed, I picture heaven as a continuation of the ideal home."
Inspirational Quotations (Ensign Magazine, May 1964, page 5)
"The Family: A Proclamation to the World": . . .
"marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God
and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal
destiny of His children. . . . that God’s commandment for His children
to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. . . .
Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan";
also D&C 131: "Celestial marriage is essential to exaltation in the highest heaven".
The Messiah, obeying the will of the Father and fulfilling all righteousness,
entered into this order of the priesthood [new and everlasting covenant of marriage];
knowing thereby that He was sealed up unto eternal life, by revelation and the spirit
of prophecy, through the power of the Holy Priesthood; Christ sitting upon the throne
at the right hand of the Father.
RECORD SOURCES OF GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION
+ Encyclopedia of Genealogy Index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z É
+ RBMS Genre Terms - Thesaurus: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Ancestral Halls in Hong Kong, Asia Reveal Chinese
Associations & Organizations
Church Records & Synagogue Records
- Family Law: Guide To Family Law
- How to Store Legal Documents
Family bible records. family papers, journals, unrecorded deeds,
wills, or any other legal instrument.
- Legal Guardian
Cyndi's List - Lost & Found
Cyndi's List - Novelties & Gifts
Cyndi's List - Odds & Ends
Diary and old Letters
- diaries - Google™ Books
- List of Books on Diaries & Journals
Digging Up the Family Past (pdf)
Immigration & Migration Records
Links to Original Records
- Patriotic Organizations
Oral Tradition & History
Obituaries and other Newspaper clippings
Photography & Digital Preservation
Quilting: Quilt History
- International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Scrapbooking: Scrapbook Portal
- Cyndi's List - Scrapbooks
Digital online scrapbooking, with fully customizable drag-and-drop web interface.
- YouTube - Scrapbooking for Beginners
Design principles for scrapbooking.
Telling Your Story
Free help to collect, categorize and communicate
the most important everyday statistics in your life.
- Every Object Tells A Story
- Imprint: The Best Design Blog Written by top Illustrators & Designers.
Expanding the design conversation.
- A Life's Work - Print Magazine: The Life of Gordon Felton
- Birth certificates
- Church baptismal and confirmation/synagogue data
- Death certificates, sexton/cemetery data
- Marriage certificates and wedding records
- Estate administration
Your Old Books
- Are old letters, scrapbooks, and documents valuable?
- Caring for Your Family Treasures: Heritage Preservation - Google™ Books
Preserve heirlooms and other family keepsakes, including photo albums,
clothing, leather, paper documents, scrapbooks, furniture, old silver,
wedding gowns and dolls.
YouTube™ (Facebook®): "family history" and genealogy Search Query
Join and participate in the largest worldwide video-sharing community.
YouTube™ Results for "family history" Channels and "genealogy" Channels
Research & tools to make your genealogy as free or cheap as possible.
- Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems
- National Genealogical Society
- The British Library
- US National Archives
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