Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Genealogy Research: The Next Steps

To begin your search for your ancestors, fill out a family tree (pedigree chart) - or simply write down the information you know about your family. Start with yourself and go back in time, entering dates of births, marriages, and deaths for your parents, your grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.

Be sure to use full names, including middle names and nicknames. Use maiden names for women. Ask your relatives to help fill in missing information.

When you have entered all the information you know or can learn about your family, decide which branch of your family you’re most interested in researching. Start with one person. In what state, parish or county, did that person live? Approximately when was the person alive?
Bring your information to the reference desk on the second floor of the Main Library and ask for help. Library staff members will teach you what to do next. The search and the fun begin...

- Judith Soniat
Terrebonne Parish Reference Department

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