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Basic Genealogy for Kids

Basic Genealogy for Kids

by Bonnie Hinman

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How to Research Your Ancestry

How to Research Your Ancestry

by Tamra Orr

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Design Your Family Tree

Design Your Family Tree

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Your Fascinating Family History

Your Fascinating Family History

by Mary J. Johnson

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Family History 101

Family History 101

by Marcia D. Yannizze Melnyk

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Family History Detective

Family History Detective

by Desmond Walls Allen

929.1 ALL

Family Photo Detective

Family Photo Detective

by Maureen A. Taylor

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Once upon a Memory

Once upon a Memory

by Jean Alessi

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The Art of the Family Tree

The Art of the Family Tree

by Jenn Mason

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Design Your Own Coat of Arms

by Rosemary A. Chorzempa

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Genealogy Fair

October 21, 2017

 Main Library

1 - 4 pm

Getting Started with Genealogy

What you will need:

  • a pencil with an eraser
  • a notebook -- looseleaf, so you can rearrange pages
  • tape for copies of old photos
  • Family Tree chart (below) -- punch holes and keep in notebook

On the family tree chart, fill in all the information you already know. (Use pencil!)
Next, talk to your parents, your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins:

  • Write in full names, dates and places of birth and death for every ancestor they know on the family tree chart.
  • In your notebook, write down the stories they tell you about your ancestors. Give each ancestor their own page.
  • Ask to see old photos, and ask if you can make copies to put on your ancestors' pages.
  • You may need to print out more family tree charts to record great-grandparents' ancestors

Some other sources:
  • Family Bibles -- Many of these show when children were born, married, and died.
  • Scrapbooks -- all kinds of family stories may be kept in one.
  • Newspapers -- Looking for a story or photo? Microfilm of old Gaston Gazettes are available at Main Library.
  • U.S. Census -- online from 1790 through 1940. (HeritageQuest or FamilySearch -- see Websites below)
Reference Books
For Last Names and Family Crests research, the library has some resources in the Reference section:

Websites

More Research Guides

Primary Sources

As your family's historian, you will spend most of your time tracking down the records produced by and about your ancestors during their lives. Called "primary sources", these documents include birth & death certificates, family bibles, military records, and more. The following resources can help you locate these records:

  • 629.3 KEM NCC. International Vital Records Handbook (6th Ed.).
  • FamilySearch Wiki offers information on how to find, use, and analyze records of genealogical value.
    Go to: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page
  • See our other genealogy research guides for more details on specific types of records.
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/index.cfm/research/genealogy-local-history/
Where to Write for Vital Records

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