Goal 2: Get involved with genealogical societies for information and support.
Genealogy societies publish magazines, offer support groups, and provide a wealth of family history information.
AFind genealogical societies in the United States.
BFind international genealogical societies.
- Explore the FGS website (Federation of Genealogical Societies) for information about societies.
- See a list of genealogy societies on the Ancestry site.
- Refer to the "Get Help" goals in most of the Project 4 Country Pages for information about genealogy societies and social media groups for specific countries.
- See Project 4: Discover, Goal 1, Choice D for tips on writing to individuals and organizations for genealogy help.
Goal 3: Collaborate with others doing family history work. Vault
Working with others helps you get more done on your own work, as well as giving you the chance to help others. In the process, your data usually becomes more reliable, and you may form lasting friendships with those you partner with in family history.
AShare your family history efforts.
BWork with others on family history.
- Working with others requires planning. Make sure to divide up tasks and keep up communication to avoid duplicate efforts.
- Get family members or friends involved in collecting memories (photos, documents, stories, etc.) to be uploaded to MyHeritage.
- Divide up family lines for research, to avoid duplication of effort.
- Keep each other informed about progress achieved as well as roadblocks that remain.
- Get help from others online who are researching the same names. Watch this video for tips.
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- Study these resources for additional ideas about working with others on family history.
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- Watch this video to learn how you can use descendancy research to find distant cousins who may want to help you with your research.
- Join the RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) to keep in touch with others who are researching the same surnames as you are.
- * Good: Identify one or two collaborators for your family history work. Contact them and get started with your collaborative research.
- * Proficient: Same as above, with at least 5 collaborators.
- Discuss ways to collaborate with others on family history. Have students take notes on families, friends, or others to collaborate with.
COrganize or participate in family gatherings that promote family history.
DJoin an online user group or forum for a genealogy website.
Here are some noted user groups and online communities for genealogy and family history:
- Post your genealogy queries on CousinConnect.com to get assistance from other researchers. You can also browse queries by country, region, or surname.
- Explore the GenForum Message Board for answers to questions.
- On Facebook, contact the RootsMagic user group or the Legacy Family Tree user group for answers to questions on their respective software versions.
- Have students explore the links and make note of which user groups they might be interested in joining.
ECreate or join a family association.
Goal 4: Publish a family history.
Creating an organized and published history of your family can be an inspiration for generations to come. You can publish it online or in printed format, and there are many good examples of published family histories you can draw on for ideas.
ADecide on a Table of Contents for the history.
Be sure to spend adequate time planning, writing, and revising the Table of Contents, as it's the foundation for organizing the work that will be published.
- A Table of Contents should focus on topics, people, or places.
- It should be organized and labelled appropriately, since it is the first thing people will look at when searching for information.
- Select the ancestors who will be highlighted in the history.
- Select the topics to be included, for each ancestor and in general.
GC—Choose Your Family Book's Focus | GC—Creating a Family History Book
- * Proficient: Draft an effective Table of Contents for a family history book.
- Have students browse the articles and work on a draft of a sample Table of Contents for their own family history book.
BWrite the history.
C(Optional) Publish the history.