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  1. HOW TO START YOUR GENEALOGY

    1. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO FIND

      1. CENSUS RECORDS THAT LIST NAMES AND AGES OF PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY.(YEARS 1910 AND 1920*)

      2. BOAT RECORDS-NAME, YEAR, PLACE YOUR ANCESTOR CAME FROM.(1902-1943*)

      3. CIVIL RECORDS FOR TOWNS-BIRTH, DEATH, AND MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES. (1681-1910)

        *ASK LDS LIBRARIAN FOR OTHER YEARS.

    2. HOW YOU GET STARTED

      1. LOOK IN YELLOW PAGES UNDER 'CHURCHES'. FIND 'THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS' (MORMONS) CLICK HERE TO FIND THE LDS CENTER NEAREST YOU.

      2. CALL THE NUMBER LISTED AND ASK IF THEY HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY CENTER, AND WHAT ITS HOURS ARE. THEY HAVE WEEKDAY, WEEKNIGHT, AND WEEKEND HOURS.

      3. GO TO THE CENTER. (CALLED THE LDS LIBRARY)
        ITS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE.
        HAVE THE LIBRARIAN GIVE YOU A TOUR, AND SIGN UP FOR AN HOUR OF COMPUTER TIME.

      4. THE COMPUTER (AS WELL AS THE MICROFICHE) HOLDS MILLIONS OF ANCESTORS NAMES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD , AND SHOWS WHAT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE TOWNS THAT YOUR ANCESTORS CAME FROM. (THE COMPUTER IS EASY TO USE)

      5. CIVIL RECORDS
        1. LOOK UP YOUR ANCESTORS TOWN, SEE WHAT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE, AND ORDER THE MICROFILMS. THE COST IS $3.50 PER FILM, IT TAKES 3 WEEKS FOR THEM TO ARRIVE FROM UTAH, AND YOU KEEP THEM FOR THIRTY DAYS.

          SEARCH THE LDS INTERNATIONAL GENEALOGICAL INDEX (IGI) ONLINE (IF YOU KNOW THE TOWN, CLICK CUSTOM SEARCH > FHL CATALOG > PLACE SEARCH > VIEW FILM NOTES. THIS WILL SHOW YOU WHAT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR TOWN. USE THESE MICROFILM NUMBERS TO ORDER THE FILMS FROM YOUR LDS LIBRARY. YOU CAN ALSO LOOK UP YOUR ANCESTORS BY NAME ON THIS SITE, BUT DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED IF YOU DO NOT FIND THEM.

        2. WHEN THEY COME IN, RETRIEVE THEM FROM THE FILE CABINET BY FILM NUMBER AND LOAD THEM ONTO A MICROFILM VIEWER.

        3. GO TO A YEAR YOU SUSPECT ONE OF YOUR ANCESTORS WAS BORN, AND LOOK UNTIL YOU FIND THE RECORD. (MOST ARE INDEXED AT THE END OF EACH YEAR)

        4. HAVE THE LIBRARIAN MAKE A COPY FOR YOU.(.25 PER COPY)

      6. BOAT RECORDS- GET THE SOUNDEX CODE FOR YOUR LAST NAME BY TYPING YOUR LAST NAME IN THE BOX AND HITTING ENTER.

        1. ORDER THE MICROFILM BOAT INDEX FOR THAT SOUNDEX CODE.(GET THE NUMBER FROM THE BOAT BOOK)

        2. WHEN THE MICROFILM COMES IN, FIND THE INDEX CARD ON THE MICROFILM FOR YOUR SOUNDEX CODE, THEN LOOK ALPHABETICALLY FOR THE FIRSTNAME OF YOUR ANCESTOR UNTIL YOU FIND THE CORRECT INDEX CARD.

        3. COPY ALL THE INFO INTO YOUR NOTEBOOK AND ONTO THE ORDER CARD AND ORDER THE CORRESPONDING FILM FROM THE BOAT BOOK.

        4. WHEN IT COMES IN, FIND YOUR ANCESTOR BY SHIP, PAGE NUMBER (G), AND LINE NUMBER (L).

      7. CENSUS RECORDS

        1. FOLLOW A, B, AND C ABOVE IN #9, EXCEPT CHOOSE THE STATE AND LOOK IN THE CENSUS BOOK.

        2. FIND YOUR FAMILY BY STATE, COUNTY AND SOUNDEX CODE.

          LIKE THE BOAT MICROFILM, YOU MUST ORDER THE INDEX FIRST AND THEN THE ACTUAL CENSUS.

      SICILIAN RECORDS

      ARE VERY GOOD. THEY BEGIN IN 1820. THEY COME ON SMALL REELS, SO YOU WILL NEED TO USE THE 42X VIEWER AT THE LDS LIBRARY. BRING A MAGNIFYING GLASS, NOTEBOOK, PENS, AND COPIES OF ANY INFO YOU ALREADY HAVE. LABEL YOUR NOTEBOOK WITH YOUR NAME ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER.

      ITALIAN RECORDS

      SOMETIMES STOP AT 1865 DUE TO PRIVACY RULES (NAPLES IS LIKE THIS). LEARN HOW TO READ ITALIAN RECORDS.

      
      
      IN GENEALOGY, ALWAYS START WITH YOURSELF AND WORK BACKWARDS.

      YOU MAY FIND IT EASIER TO GET THE BOAT AND CENSUS RECORDS FROM YOUR LOCAL STATE ARCHIVE LIBRARY OR THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

      THE LDS LIBRARIAN HAS ALL KINDS OF ORGANIZING CHARTS YOU CAN PURCHASE FOR .10.

      YOU CAN LOAD YOUR INFORMATION INTO A SOFTWARE PROGRAM SUCH AS 'PERSONAL ANCESTRAL FILE' (PAF) AT THE LDS LIBRARY FOR FREE (BRING A DISKETTE), OR INTO A MORE SOPHISTICATED SOFTWARE SUCH AS 'FAMILY TREEMAKER', ETC., AND PRINT IT UP AS A BOOK AND SHARE IT WITH ALL YOUR RELATIVES.

      REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR INFORMATION IN A FIRE SAFE. YOU CAN BUY THEM AT K-MART FROM A COMPANY CALLED SENTRY. ITS ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP A DUPLICATE SET AT ANOTHER LOCATION (ANOTHER RELATIVES HOUSE)

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