Sunday, June 30, 2013

Family History: Ask the SpecialistS!

Our ward Family History Specialist, Rebecca Nichols, was kind enough to seek me out and help answer some of the many questions I had about trying to do collateral family history work. She is amazing and taught me a lot in just the half hour of Sunday School.

Start with a prayer! I know that we had the following success because we humbly asked for our Heavenly Father's help! He is so willing to help if we let Him! (He's the other "Specialist" I'm referring to :))

If you search on Family Tree, the results are only people who are linked to other people's family tree. (Ding! Didn't understand that before.)

If you search on Family Search, the results include all people who have been indexed but not necessarily linked to their family yet. (Ooh. Another Ding!!)

Search for a person several times and with different info. (Ex start broad and then narrow down by parents, birthplace, etc.) (We did this with Mads Sorensen and finally found him on Family Search by searching with LESS info (less narrow) and found the source of his imputed info which was a baptismal record not of our church)

Even though I'm looking for Mads Sorensen's (potential) wife, first find him on Family Search. It may give clues to find her. If there's no clues, back up one generation and find info on the parents. (Have yet to really try)

In Family Search, a mother (for example) may be listed several times because she is listed once for every child. They aren't necessarily duplicates. (Ding!!! Cleared up a lot of what seemed to look so confusing at first.)

Starting out a search (with Mads Sorensen, for example), search for any duplicate Mads Sorensens. Maybe they're the same person and one has the info you were looking for. That being said, be extremely sure it is a duplicate before merging people. (What a bummer if they were truly separate people and one hasn't had their temple work done yet, for (another) example! Yikes.)

Tell the source where you found an individual and link the source to that individual. (Can't remember the term for that right now) (We did this with Mads Sorensen's baptismal record)

Keep a log of where and what you have searched. Helps not do double work; helps you see any possible patterns of where you're finding information!

Have a few internet tabs open in Family Search so you can switch easily between pages.

If you have any questions about doing family history, call or talk to Rebecca Nichols!

Just in our little efforts in the little time we had, the spirit was there and was so encouraging!!! It's SUCH an important work to be involved in!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Family history: Indexing! Doable chunks!

After being unsuccessful yesterday with the limited time I had, I felt frustrated and I decided maybe right now is my season for "indexing."

Its quick. You have success no matter how much time you have. You're still doing family history/genealogy work. Its doable chunks for a busy mama. Perfect for me right now.

It took 6 minutes to download.
I worked really slow as I was getting used to it but it took an hour to do 20 after kiddies were in bed.

I feel successful and that's what matters right now. I also feel like I spent an hour doing something more productive than Facebook or something else I normally do after the kiddos are in bed. :)

Maybe I'll do 20 tomorrow!

Who's with me!!? :)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Family History: any suggestions?

I'm trying to do some family history. I'm a beginner and I'm pretty sure I could use any suggestions anyone has out there!

A lot of my family history work has been done straight back as far as we can, so I'm trying to work laterally, as they call it.

Right now I'm working on some great, etc grandma's brother - Mads Sorensen. Born September 4th, 1829 in Denmark. All his work is done except being sealed to his wife. We have no record (yet) of his wife. So my effort today was spent trying to find his wife. I don't know her name, her birthdate, her parents. So basically I searched for ____(blank)__ Sorensen, whose spouse is Mads Sorensen (since that's all the info I had).

255 people came up. So I looked through all the Mrs. Sorensen's and clicked on the ones born anywhere from 1820-1860. The majority of them where already sealed to a Mads Sorensen with a different birthdate.

If he's not connected to a wife, yet I'm searching for a wife who's husband is ("connected to") Mads Sorensen, that probably wouldn't workout right? How am I suppose to search for someone I don't have any info on?

How do you find people laterally who you don't know who they are? Census records? (yikes) How is family history easy?