Organizing Family Discoveries

Organizing Family Discoveries

It's great when the family gets together, but you​ know that it'll be much greater if​ all family members can get to​ know each other and​ share the family history. Much interest had been given to​ genealogic researches in​ the past years, but still, the most common​ form of​ genealogic research remains to​ be the family tree and​ its branching out. a​ family tree is​ a​ cinch to​ make if​ you​ intend to​ include only members of​ your​ immediate family (parents, sibling, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins) but what if​ you​ aim to​ include the three generations before you? or​ what if​ you​ intend to​ find out who your​ ancestors are? this​ entails a​ much larger scope and​ therefore a​ more thorough research. this​ also means more extensive notes, files, pictures, interview transcripts, and​ other documents. to​ save you​ from disorganization​ and​ make your​ research easier, Carolyn Billingsley and​ Desmond Allen have devised an​ efficient filing system specifically for​ genealogic research.

The materials they prescribed are easy enough to​ procure such as​ a​ filing cabinet (boxes will do), data records, pens with black ink, file folders, notebook (loose leaf), and​ notebook dividers. They recommend that you​ start by making nuclear family records. Printed forms are available to​ make it​ easier. Record information​ by family. Separate your​ own family record from that of​ your​ parents. Use marriages as​ guide, as​ each marriage requires a​ separate data sheet. Fill out forms backward, starting from the present and​ to​ the past. Make all information​ on​ each family uniform, leave spaces for​ unknown data and​ fill them out later when you​ got the missing links. it​ is​ also important to​ indicate sources of​ the information. Include birth certificates, death certificates, and​ marriage certificates with the members' personal information​ but remember to​ use only photocopied records. Label sheets with family surnames and​ put them in​ file folders duly labeled. Collect and​ store these nuclear family sheets to​ larger family groups. to​ do these use bigger filing folders. Label these folders by the family patriarch's name, for​ example, your​ grandfather's name. Include in​ this​ folder all files of​ your​ uncles, aunts, parent, married siblings, married cousins, etc. an​ optional step is​ to​ add a​ contents page to​ give you​ a​ clue about what is​ inside the folders. These will make it​ easier for​ you​ to​ fill out your​ family tree and​ its branches. an​ organized research will save you​ the trouble of​ diving into heaps of​ paper searching for​ documents that you​ think are there but have no idea where to​ find.

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