CLIMBING YOUR FAMILY TREE
CLIMBER'S "TEASER" KIT
THE RESEARCH PROCESS
1. SET A GOAL:
This Goal would usually be to find one or more items of information needed to complete an Ancestor Chart or Family Group Record.
Key Elements of identification are:
Whatever goal you set, keep it simple. Begin with yourself. Work from known to unknown.
2. DECIDE WHICH RECORD MIGHT CONTAIN THE INFORMATION:
Which record would most likely contain the information you need to satisfy the goal?
3. LOCATE THE RECORD (See "Major Records Sources")
4. SEARCH THE RECORD:
Be thorough in your search. Does the record contain the information you want? Does it contain related information that may help you?
5. GET A COPY OF THE INFORMATION:
Obtain photocopies whenever possible. Doing so lessens chance of error. If unable to make photocopies, PROOFREAD the information you copy several times to be certain it is accurate.
6. EVALUATE THE INFORMATION:
Is it what you wanted? Is it accurate? Does it agree with what you already know?
7. USE THE INFORMATION TO:
Complete a Pedigree Chart/Ancestor Chart, etc.;
Write a Family History;
Add to your Family Records and share the informatio
Log your "Source" and results of your search;
Set new goals then return to Step 1.
(Rev 24 Dec. 2002 ork)