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Research Tips

  1. Decide which branch of the family you want  to search, (paternal or maternal).

  2. Complete a pedigree chart to the best of your ability. (Midwest genealogy center forms)

  3. Complete a group sheet for each family in your lineage (self, parents, grand parents, etc.)

  4. Write your biography and place a photo with it.

  5. Complete oral interviews with eldest family members, your generation and younger.

  6. Develop a filing system according to family groups, use acid free paper & sheet protectors.

  7. Get family vital records and obituaries from family members or other resources.

  8. Use a computer to obtain records like: census, war draft, marriage, death, & military.

  9. Enter your family data in a software program.  

  10. Obtain and organize photos suitable to be used in a media presentation. 

  11. Develop a display, power point presentation, book, DVD, or other media to share.


                                   Carol J Calvin, M.S. ed, Genealogy Educator 

Tips on Genealogy

For additional tips &

downloadable forms go to:

WSGS Free Forms


Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

Beginners Tip 
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