What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Genealogy

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Learn the 7 things I wish I knew when I started my family history. We’re talking about Ancestry trees, family trees online websites, getting organized, research notes, talking with family, finding genealogy records, hidden clues, and research strategies.

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0:00 Intro
0:10 7 things I wish I knew
0:50 Importing trees
2:00 Don’t select all; Dig into details & sources
4:00 Online research platforms
8:02 Organizing Your Genealogy
10:45 Research Notes
14:56 Asking others
16:48 Finding the records
18:55 Hidden Clues
20:27 Bonus hints – research strategies
23:48 Can you break down your brick walls?
24:00 More learning opportunities
26:00 Getting Started in Genealogy
27:52 Next GTV Academy meeting

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Em 4Steam says:

I really wish when I started as a teen to had ask older relatives about family members. Because their knowledge is lost when they die. And when I was young , I thought I had more time but you really don't. Best to ask then, then wish you had later. Great video!

Southern Sunshine says:

i have a couple of observations and would appreciate your reaction and any advice. My mother and I worked on my genealogy (hers and dads) for nearly 20 years before she died in 2010 at 83. She started recording everything in Word and Family Tree Maker beginning with when it came out. She went to Wake Tech at 70 to learn to use a PC. She printed everything including every website she came across that had anything she thought she should save. She never learned how to save a website. Long story short I have copies of her FTM files, her last FTM discs, but I can't get into them. Fortunately I have paper copies of everything. If I didn't have the paper copies of everything, I would have lost a lot of stuff. We proved 32 DAR Patriots, including 14 new ones. One was for my surname Smith. I have multiples through each Grandparent. She and my father traveled interviewing older relatives, wrote letters, collected pictures, visited cemeteries, etc. I went when I could.

I want to leave my research for future generations, but no one in my family is interested. Apparently neither is anyone else as we seemed to be the only ones interested in most of these people. Most of the evidence I found was from the NC Archives, VA Archives, family papers or county records and is not currently online since I used a lot of wills, probate and court records that are not digitized. I do not currently have an online tree. I'm about done with genealogical research except to tidy up my records for donation probably to the NC Archives. I used some of their files when I was doing active research. I don't want to pay Ancestry to put a tree on there for others to change when I know mine is right. I am thinking about using Roots Magic which seems easy to use to be able to print it out like my mother. I have only been interested in recording direct ancestors, but can get many lines back to the 1600's using wills and deeds.

The last thing I plan to do is upload my Smith information to the Smith DNA website since I can get my Smith line through wills and deeds further back than anyone else in my line. This and having proven the DAR ancestor will preserve the proof. Any comments or suggestions?

Pamela Spooner says:

I suggest you consider having paper copies AND digital. It's pretty easy to keep notebooks on different lines. Does this sound old school? Maybe, but as we all know, technology changes, passwords get lost, upgrades mean your old records may not work because they were created 20 years ago, and without question, You Will Die. Your family can lose all your research because: they have no interest right now, they lose your passwords even if you provide them a list, technology changes by the time your relatives have time to pick it up again, ….do I need to continue? 6 notebooks are going to last, perhaps get someone's attention, and will always be accessible to anyone who can read. And that might be a grandchild 20 years after you are gone. How sad would it be that all this history was lost because your technology isn't accessible by your descendants? Just have both paper and digital records……a belt and suspenders approach.

Kay Bobbitt says:

I appreciate the chapter sections(access right after the time at the bottom of the video). They are very helpful & I know they take extra time to create. You cracked me up when you laughed at your own joke about names of the "Does"

Suzanne McClendon says:

I remember those days of sitting for hours with the microfilm/fiche machines. I would get dizzy, and sometimes nauseous, watching the print whiz by. I sure miss those days. haha

I love your timeline idea!

I have a question about your Academy. I see that the Zoom call sessions are also recorded. Would a student be able to just watch the recorded sessions rather than participate in a Zoom call? I am my husband's caregiver and never know one minute to the next what I will be able to do. There's no guarantee that I could make it for the Zoom calls. But, at some point down the road I would love to take some of your classes.

Thanks for another great video.

Roger Cummins says:

WV became a state in1863. Before that, most all of current WV was Monongalia Co., VA.

smart451cab says:

I had tests run for myself and for my mother, and I've been building my family tree on Ancestry for a couple of months. In a couple lines, I've gone back 8-generations.
After watching your videos all evening, I've just about come to the conclusion that I should nip off everything beyond my grandparents and start over again from that point. I should've known things were going too well. 🙁 Better to learn the folly of my methods now than later, I suppose.
What may be worse is other people using my probably flawed 'research' to build their own trees.

Should I procede as I suggested, remove everything beyond my personal knowledge? <facepalm>

pilk pog says:

#5 is my only source for my tree. im lucky all my grandparents are still alive

Sharlene Sizer says:

Sooo helpful! Thank you!!

Aven Strand says:

I'm a new member here, how do I find the handouts, do I have to change my membership status? Thank you

Sander1974 says:

Creating a record with the exact sources might be helpful for me. I have collected certain documents that are not directly linked to a person, like old maps. I live in The Netherlands and the quality of documents is very high. "Open Archieven" is a good index site, that lets you download a PDF overview (payed subscription) with a direct link to the original. Luckily Napoleon decided in 1811 that he wanted good records of all persons (to choose and pick soldiers more easily).
The only real mistake is see is that people trust the transcripts too much.
For the rest i work layer by layer and keep a checklist. The checklist (about 50 columns now) was the biggest improvement for me, because i kept re checking for certain information. It also prevented me from thinking i already downloaded certain information. I use a numbering system that also mirrors as a folder structure.

Mary Theresa Schmidt Taylor says:

I’d like to take advantage of the 40% discount you mentioned when talking about your August 3 zoom session. I will be driving to help family and may not be able to work zoom while I drive. The prices I saw in the show notes didn’t seem to match what I thought I heard you say in the video, and I don’t know how to sign up. I hope you can reply to me here, maybe delete later if that helps.

MarkJT1000 says:

A lot of good advice in there. I can most strongly recommend working collaboratively on your tree with someone else who shares your ancestors. Its great to bounce ideas off each other and two heads are better than one when it comes to breaking down brick walls. And its great to be able to share your thoughts with someone who has a common interest.

Cef Cat says:

Ominous to try to manage things in this life and manage all of that. Research is time-consuming. Do you limit yourself to an amount of hours per day? Can't burn detective candles on both ends, like before, but genealogy makes that tempting. Health is important too. How do you find a balance? Thanks. It is too enticing!

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