* Good: Identify a family member or organization you would like to write to for genealogy information. Using the tips in this Choice to guide you, and the Correspondence Record in Choice E, write to that person about your needs or questions.
* Proficient: Same as above, corresponding with at least three people.
* Good: Use 2 of the pre-printed forms in this Choice to track at least one ancestor.
* Proficient: Use at least 5 of the pre-printed forms in this Choice to track more than one ancestor.
Goal 2: Identify a line to do research on, to extend your pedigree.
Choosing one line at a time to pursue is a more efficient way to do research. Try to gather as much information about a given family unit as possible, before tracing back additional generations: work backwards in time. Here is a warmup video to get you started with research; watch 7:10 to 8:15.
Checking the "Missing Father," "Missing Mother," and "Missing Parents" boxes in Find-A-Record will show you a list of end-of-line ancestors.
Puzzilla’s nodes without extensions are the end-of-line ancestors.
See Project 1, Goal 9 for instructions on using Find-A-Record. Once logged in, clear all the check boxes in the colored categories on the left. Then open the Relationships category (purple) and check the Missing Father, Missing Mother, and Missing Parents boxes. A list of end-of-line ancestors is displayed on the right.
See the Puzzilla.org Goal in Project 3 for instructions on displaying an ancestor view. Nodes without extensions are the end-of-line ancestors. To highlight these nodes so they stand out more easily, click Targets in the left pane.
Genealogy standards include "HOLA": Honesty with the data, Openness to other possibilities, Logical conclusions, Attribution to proper sources.
"SPDLA" = Short list of objectives; Process and evaluate the information you find; Don't fixate on finding a certain detail; Don't limit the record types you search; Attach notes to individuals in your tree (FamilySearch, Ancestry, etc.).
Gather and summarize notes from interviews for clues on family research. See Goal 3 in Project 2: Memories for details.
Examine photos—either those in your possession or those that have been uploaded to FamilySearch—for research clues. See Goal 6, Choice E in this Project for tips on using photos for research.
Examine documents such as letters, wills, diaries, etc.—either those in your possession or those that have been uploaded to FamilySearch—for research clues. See Goal 7 in Project 2: Memories for details.
Type the first name and last name you're searching for. If you want to include name variations in the search, check the corresponding box(es).
Note : The remaining search fields are optional but may increase the chances of a successful search.
In the "When" fields, type the year that the person might appear in records, the year of birth, and the year of death. To allow for a range of dates, click "Give or take" and select a value from the list..
In the "Where" section, click "World" and select a place from the list; or type the location in the space provided.
To narrow the search to one or more categories, a) Click "Browse Category"; b) Select categories of interest from the list; and c) Click Apply filters. The selected categories appear on the search screen and can be removed if necessary by clicking the small X in the name. To search by categories in the left panel, see Choice B below.
To specify subcategories for the search, click "Browse Subcategory" and follow the rest of the previous step. You can click "More" (bottom of the dialog) to display more subcategories.
To specify a record set for the search, a) Click "Browse Record set"; b) In the "Search filters" field (top of the dialog) type a keyword for the record set you want; c) Click "More" if necessary; d) Select categories of interest from the list; and e) Click Apply filters. The selected categories appear on the search screen and can be removed if necessary by clicking the small X in the name.
To find a record image to view, see the previous Choices above.
Use any of these options to control the image view:
Arrows and home button—Click an arrow to move the view in the corresponding direction, or click the dot to reset the view. You can also drag to move the view.
Plus and minus—Click the plus icon to zoom in, or the minus icon to zoom out. You can also click directly on the image to zoom in, or use the mouse wheel to zoom in or out.
Circle arrows—Click the circle-right arrow to rotate the view 90 degrees to the right, or the circle-left icon to rotate the view 90 degrees to the left.
Diagonal arrows—Click them to expand the image to full-screen; click again to restore the normal view.
Left and right arrows (edges of the screen)—Click them to view the previous or next images in the record set.
To print the record image, click "Print" (bottom of the screen) and follow the Print dialog prompts.
To download the record, click "Download" (bottom of the screen) and .
To attach the record to a person in your tree, a) click Attach to tree (upper right); b) Type the person's name and select it from the list (or skip the name, to attach the record to the tree but not to a specific person; c) If desired, type notes about the record; d) Click Save; and e) Click the X to close the dialog.
To return to the search results, click Back to results (upper left).
Search results for Ancestry.com, Findmypast, and MyHeritage can be viewed by clicking on the corresponding icon in FamilySearch.
To see search results for Ancestry, go to the Person page and click Ancestry in the Search Records box. You can click See More Like This for more person results, or click any Matching Records link.
You can also see search results from historical records for the selected person by clicking Findmypast. To see details, click the Note icon; to see a record image (when available), click the Camera icon.
You can also see family tree results for the selected person by clicking MyHeritage.
Get the right blend of "specific" and "flexible" when doing searches with indexed records. Provide multiple search parameters to narrow the search, or use ranges to see more results. Watch this video for ideas. FS—Using Indexes to Find a Record—3:53
Use Correlation approaches to piece together records. With correlation, you can draw conclusions that are supported by the evidence, even though specific facts may be missing. FS—Using a Correlation Approach—45:40
Use Inferential Genealogy techniques to work with goals, searches, records and evidences. Start with a focused goal; search broadly; understand the records; correlate the evidence; and write down the results. FS—Inferential Genealogy
Learn about the resources available at most libraries and archives. For more information on accessing archive and library resources, see Goal F5 in Project 4: Discover the United States, or corresponding goals in Project 4 for other countries. GC—Libraries and Archives