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8844Re: [genchatfriends] I need help

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  • April_Anastasia
    Aug 2 10:17 AM
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      First off, welcome aboard!
      The best advice I can give you is to start with yourself.  Gather all of your own data and that of your immediate family.  Then move to your parents and gather what you know about them.  Look for family papers to help with dates and places.  Work backwards.  Death/marriage/baptism/birth.  Keep a record of what you learn on each person.  If you cannot afford a program like Family Tree Maker, as an example, I believe there are free programs to be downloaded.  Others can advise you on that.
      Go to the library and find  'how to' or beginner books on Genealogy to help you get started.  I belong to a particular genealogical chat group that has sessions during the week to help teach newbies and it's free.  I believe it's offered through Rootsweb.  Rootsweb is also a free online site that you can join and do some online searches.
      When you've gathered enough paperwork on your immediate family, you'll want to interview your older family members.  Bring a recorder if you can, and take notes!  Go through family photos and ask these older members who people are, if you don't know them.
      Basically, you have to become a detective.
      Hope this helps in some small way.

      "I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once!"

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      From: spiritwolf_wolfwalker <spiritwolf_wolfwalker@...>
      To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, August 1, 2008 6:35:53 PM
      Subject: [genchatfriends] I need help

      I am trying to learn to do genealogy. I don't know what I am doing and
      I have a very limited income that keeps me from signing up for the
      research places online. How do I do this with no money?

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