The Family History Guild kicked off a fresh season of research yesterday evening. Char Major spent a little time sharing tips for getting started with research.
1. Printed forms (available to download) are a great way to get started and provide some built-in organization of information.
2. Start with what you already know about your family, and document document document. Interviewing family members can be especially effective; try these tips to get as much information as possible.
3. Popular on-line resources are a quick and easy way to get going; try these sources recommended by FHG researchers:
- Ancestry.com – library edition is FREE for users in the library, and paid for by the Manchester Area Historical Society
- The Source: a Guidebook to American Genealogy (on-line ebook from Ancestry Publishing)
- Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources (on-line ebook from Ancestry Publishing)
The next FHG meeting will be on October 16 at 7pm in the Reck History Room on the 2nd floor. The group plans to spend perhaps 20-30 minutes on presentation of relevant genealogy topics, and the rest of the time doing research. If you have ideas for future programs or need more information, feel free to call or email librarian Heather Sturm at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 428-8045.