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Welford's top 10 tips for beginners in studying family history

  1. 1. Use the proper organizational "tools" from the start of your search--family group sheets and other standard forms for recording important facts.

    2. Take a notebook to all family events--weddings, funerals, reunions. You never know who you will meet or what information they'll have.

    3. Talk to older family members about their memories. Do it now! People age and die and crucial facts are lost.

    4. Record your interviews after obtaining permission.

    5. Record anecdotal family stories. They make history much more interesting and humorous than just plain data.

    6. Check local genealogy sections of public libraries. Talk to the librarian, as they are often "experts" on local genealogy.

    7. Join historical or genealogical societies where you live and where you are researching.

    8. Ask if your local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a genealogy library. All are welcome to use their facilities, and you have computer and microfiche access to their vast records in Salt Lake City. The Web site is: www.lds.org/Family_History/How_Do_I_Begin.html.

    9. Place ads in national genealogy journals about families you are researching.

    10. Always photocopy records and documents that you can which pertain to your ancestors.


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