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Videos and documents describing simple ways individuals
can preserve important historical items in their homes.
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 the most critical, and very 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 the 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,
their 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 - 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 histories:
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;
I. Vocations - jobs held; preparation for life's work;
success in work, awards and special recognition.
J. Church/Synagogue activities - positions held and
K. Political or Civic activities - positions in organizations
held and services given.
L. Religious convictions with spiritual or faith promoting
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
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 the positive experiences.
4. Use good, simply written expressions.
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
NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF THIS RECORD FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Caring for Your Family Archives: How Do I Preserve My Family Papers?
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.
Websites for Family History Beginners - FamilySearch Wiki
↑ upΛ FAMILY RECORDS & FAMILY TRADITIONS
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 - - [meaning the 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.
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.
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
Halls in Hong Kong, Asia Reveal Chinese History
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 Online Community for Graphic Designers
Expanding the design conversation.
- A Life's Work: The Life of George 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™ - Broadcast Yourself.™
Join the largest worldwide video-sharing community.
- AncestryCom's Channel
- AncestryAU's Channel
- DearMYRTLE's Channel
- FamilySearch's Channel
- familytreemagazine's Channel
- GenealogieVideo's Channel
- GenealogyGems's Channel
- genealogyscrounge's Channel
- MyHeritageLtd's Channel
- PathstoYourPast's Channel
- WorldVitalRecords's Channel
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