Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy by Christine Rose

By Christine Rose

You are no fool, in fact. you recognize your grandmother's maiden identify and the tale of ways your nice uncle determined to settle in Oklahoma. but if it comes fo digging up the remainder of the proof and growing to be a genealogy, you're feeling like you are looking at an most unlikely activity. cease attempting to dig together with your naked palms! the whole Idiot's consultant to Genalogy offers you the instruments you would like, from monitoring down kinfolk documents to finding long-lost family members. suppose convinced approximately interviewing kinfolk, organizing images, traveling courthouses to discover info, and extra! during this whole Idiot's consultant, you get:

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Chapter 3 You’re Hooked, Now What? In This Chapter ➤ Getting the right information into your notes ➤ How to create logs to help keep track ➤ The importance of transcribing and abstracting ➤ Learning the language of old documents As you gather the odd-shaped pieces of the puzzle of your family history, your excitement mounts. Eager to find the missing pieces and to fit them into the picture, you want to rush ahead. But before you plunge into the wonderful world of records and documents waiting to be discovered, pause for a few minutes and learn how to get the information you need from your research.

You need these basics, however, to know where to look for the records that will help you to visualize them as individuals. Genie Jargon A collateral relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line. Your mother’s brother is a collateral. Your grandfather’s uncle is a collateral, as are your cousins, because you and they share a common ancestor. You read in Chapter 1 that your ancestor is one from whom you are descended. The siblings of your ancestors are related to you, but they are not your ancestors.

It could just be a peculiarity in the writing of the individual who created the record. Working with the official documents of a specific place and time, you will learn the terminology and recognize standardized words or sentences that aren’t important to the interpretation of the document. But when you begin, if you transcribe the complete document as suggested, (including all words and punctuation), it won’t take you long to recognize the common statements that you can ignore. Until you become familiar with standard terminology or legal phrases in documents, read and copy everything in the document.

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