1. Start with
yourself & work backwards to your parents, grandparents,
2. Gather documents
from family sources including:
vital records - birth, marriage & death certificates
church records - christening, marriage burial
military records - pension, discharge
bible records - (photocopy those middle and front pages
with family history notes.)
3. Get organized
RootsMagic - www.rootsmagic.com
Family Tree Maker - www.familytreemaker.com
Legacy - www.legacyfamilytree.com
PAF Personal Ancestral File - www.familysearch.org
- While the Society doesn't endorse the use of a particular genealogy program, you will find tech support by attending our local computer-genealogy group. The Manasota Genealogical Society Computer Interest Group.
If you are interested in RootsMagic, MGS sponsors a RootsMagic SIG which
meets once a month (See Meeting Schedule page)
4. Learn more about earlier
- Attend genealogy society meetings, take local genealogy classes and
read online "how-to" lessons to learn about the genealogy research
- Begin to do research at local & regional archives, libraries & LDS
Family History Centers.
- Remember that books provide "second hand" evidence of our
ancestors, shorting our search for original documents archived at
courthouses, churches and other archives throughout the world.
- Consider that the bulk of your research will be done on microfilm of
original records from those distant localities where your ancestors once
5. Hang in there!
The challenges are many, but the rewards are GREAT!
Good luck in your ancestral quest!