Research Resources ---> Beginner's Workshop
Beginner's Genealogy Workshop
Presented by Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society
The following is information from our popular Beginner's Genealogy Workshop. We
hope this helps you get started!
I. Start with yourself and your immediate family
A. The Basic information you want to gather is:
- Birth date
- Birth location
- Death date
- Death location
- Marriage date and location
- Source documentation
B. Then start working backward to your parents,
then your grandparents, your great-grandparents, and so on....
C. Gather all you can. You never know what clue
will help you in the future.
D. Use notebooks, computer software, family group sheets and pedigree charts to
organize your material.
E. Family sources:
- Picture albums
- Bible records
- Written histories
- Organizations that your ancestor's belonged
- Newspaper clipping and obituaries
- Military discharge papers
- School records
- Many others....
II. Where to Look - Sources
A. Local/County/State Records
- Birth records
- Death records
- Marriage records
- Newspaper records
- Court and probate records
- Deed records and atlases
- County histories
- City directories
- Cemetery records
- Church records
- Immigration records
- Tax lists
- Membership lists
B. Federal Records
- Federal Censuses
- Military Records
- Social Security Records
- Land Records
- Passenger Lists
C. Other Great Sources
- Genealogy and Historical Societies
- LDS/Mormon Records
- Library Records-Lake County, Valparaiso, Ft.
- Internet and Computer Options
III. What's in a Name?
IV. Census Facts and Fallacies
V. The Internet and Computer
A. Cautions - Where's Your source? Don't just
accept something as accurate because it's on the Internet. Check the source!
B. Good Sites to start with
- USGen Web County Sites: USGen Web has
created a site for every county in the USA
- Rootsweb: Rootsweb is a free genealogy site
that contains considerable information.
- LDS/Mormon Site: The Church of the Latter
Day Saints has a good website for US and International research
- Ancestry.com: Ancestry is a commericial
site. You can use some of their resources for free.
- Allen County Public Library at Fort Wayne:
Allen County Public Library has one of the largest genealogy libraries in the
- Porter County Public Library Genealogy
- Cindi's List: This is a website of websites.
It helps you connect to over 100,000 websites related to genealogy!
- World Connect on Rootsweb: This is part of
Rootsweb and links information that is submitted by people. It's a great way
to connect to others who are searching for your family names.
- Social Security Death Index:
- Message Boards: Both Surname and Location:
This website is the doorway to find message boards for each county and many
- Bureau of Land Management:
- Porter County GenWeb Site:
- Lake County GenWeb Site:
- Indiana Genealogy Society:
C. Computer Software Recommendations
- Family Treemaker
- Generations Family Tree
- Legacy-Free Download http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/Download.asp
- Brother's Keeper
- ...and many others
VI. Cite Your Sources!
VII. Genealogy and Lineage Societies
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