Instructor : Joyce M. Tice
Mansfield University
17 April 2007

Why do we trace our ancestry?

    Link to history


    Medical information

    Enhances our status – Does it?

    Pass on Family History

All That Glitters is Not Gold

Copy Cat "Genealogy" – You’ll regret it. Verify, Verify, Verify - Don’t let bad drive out the good.

Internet Genealogy – From Cyndi Howell -

Internet Genealogy – What’s Good and What’s Not -

Genealogical Standards & Guidelines -

Bad Data Online – Problems & Solutions ---

Where to Start - Start with what you know

1. Family Group Sheets - the essentials: birth, death, marriage, burial, Dates and places.

2. Sources of information you may have in your possession (Bibles, Scrapbooks, Old letters, etc.)

3. Documents such as Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

4. Special difficulties in tracking women – Femme covert issues.

5. Original Research vs using the unverified and undocumented work of others.

Documenting Your Information

1. Personal knowledge

2. Stories told to you by parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. Caution on reliability of family lore.

3. Photographs
        Notes on Scanning. .jpg format, use HIGH resolution. Get a good graphics program and learn to use it.

4. Source Citation from the beginning. Undocumented information is fiction.

     Skip it and you’ll regret it.

5. Relative Reliability of sources – Publication does not guarantee correctness. Internet Resources have no quality control
    Caution on public databases with NO quality control - Anyone can put up anything. [LDS, older DAR records, Ancestry, Rootsweb, etc.] Separate the wheat form the chaff.

ALL resources, including "official" ones (may) include errors.

Other Sources of Information

1.County History Books (available at library or TCHS or on Tri-Counties Site)

2. Historical Society Family files and newspapers

3. Local library files

4. Local Courthouses (Wills, Deed, tax records, birth/ death records for certain periods.)

5. Cemetery Records , Newspapersobituaries, Relatives, dates

6.    Census Records, Tax Records

7. Church Records, Military Records

8. Internet websites

Organizing Your Information

  1. Computer Programs for Genealogy

  2. Gedcom file format – what does in mean? Should you use it? Cautions.

    Why use a computer program – why not [neat reports vs scribble scrabble]
    Reports should be exportable to Word Processing for editing and enhancement.

  3. Typing or writing up your information without using a computer
  4. Adding Photos to your information
Internet Resources
  1. How to use a search engine most effectively
  2.     What it will and will not find
  3.     Over-reliance on search engine - Our best discoveries are the accidentals we stumble on.
  4. Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice [Tioga and Bradford Counties in PA and Chemung County in NY] – Over 15,000 pages of local history resources --
  5. Green Free Library Newspaper Archives
  6. USGenWeb

  7. Counties and Special Projects
  8. --- Social Security Death Index
  9. Heritage Quest

  10. 20,000 Books
    Can access using your Mansfield Public Library or Bradford County Library card []
  11. Cyndi’s List

  12. Links to Genealogy Sites - Links only - not original content
  13. Google books

    Partial and full view books
  15. [Subscription needed]
  16. Family Genealogy and History Internet Education Directory - Links to Genealogy Sites - Links only - not original content

  17. Tips For Not Wasting Your own Time or Others in Internet Resources

    1. The Rules of Courtesy are not suspended on the Internet. They are the same as when we were sending mail through the USPS.
        Sign your first and last name ALWAYS
        ALWAYS say please and thank you. Treat the person you are asking for help like a person you are asking for help. You are talking to a person, not a machine - Know the difference.
        Informality is fine. You may address the person by their first name, but don't forget to identify yourself. Yor email address is NOT a name or identification. .

    2. Be clear. If you are writing about something you found on the Internet give the URL (address) - Don't make the person go hunting for what you are asking.

    3. When you find a new site that looks like it may help you, learn the site's structure and resources before you bombard the site developer with questions.

    4. Do not send notes or documents in all caps. It is hard to read and offensive. If you have visual disabilities it is excuseable, but say so.

    5. When you send a family report to another person make sure your NAME and ADDRESS are included IN the document. The person you are sending to, if they are reputalbe, need that for thjeir own source citations in anything they use in it. Sending that in a separate email is not convenient to eh receiver and separates critical information. If your genealogy software program does not allow that, it is inadequate and should not be used.

    6. How do people read on the Internet? -- They don't. Read directions and guidelines before you let yourself get into a tizzy.

    7. Should you publish your own work on the Internet?
        Is it really your work?
        Have you documented sources?
        Are you passing on fact or fiction? Are you passing on someone else's mistakes that you took for truth?

    Other Elements to Include in a Family History - Turning the name into a person

    1. Copies of old letters and diaries

    2. Write up reminiscences from yourself or other family members
        Questions to ask:
            School, teachers, Classmates
            Childhood Playmates
            Family trips
            Favorite relatives

    3. Photographs

    4. Business & Educational history, Organization memberships.

  18. 5. Criminals get good coverage

    Bradford County PA
    Chemung County NY
    Tioga County PA

    Published On Tri-Counties Site On 12 APR 2007
    By Joyce M. Tice
    Email: Joyce M. Tice

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