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Genealogy: Getting Started

This LibGuide covers the various resources available regarding genealogy.

Welcome to Genealogical Research

Doing research on your family tree is discovering who you are. It may be challenging but one of the most rewarding and it is history you can pass down to your descendants.

How to Get Started

Basic Steps in Getting Started with Your Genealogy

  • Start with yourself and work backwards.
  • Gather all the information you already know.
  • Document your information using a Pedigree/Ancestry Chart and Family Group Sheet.
  • Interview your living relatives - collect stories, photos, and documents.
  • Focus your work - one generation at a time.
  • Seek primary sources documents such as Birth, Marriage and Death Records.
  • Be critical of all information including stories from family members and the Internet.
  • Always record and include a citation for any document located.
  • Save your work by scanning your documents,
  • Invest in a genealogy program.

Reference Librarian

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