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Setting Research Goals

Doing meaningful genealogy requires forethought and planning. Without a plan, the purposes you have set out to accomplish may not be achieved. What is it you specifically hope to find? In genealogy research, the majority of goals focus upon:

  • Finding the parent’s names
  • Finding an individual’s birth date or place
  • Finding a marriage date or place
  • Finding a death date or place
  • Finding a spouse’s name, or maiden name
  • Finding the names of siblings
  • Finding background information on the family
  • locating census records

Steps to Success

  • organize what you have- label photographs, scan photos to your computer, write down locations
  • interview older relatives- find someone on each side to ask questions about places they lived, stories they have heard
  • visit a family history center such as LDS, check online for your local center
  • write out your personal stories
  • and last, take a trip. try to go to the location you are in the most ned of information, talk to people at the library, court house etc. There are always willing researchers



Why We Search

No matter what your reasons are, there is a practical side to genealogy

Below are some of the main practical reasons why people take up genealogy:

  • Validate Family Stories – To determine if family stories about their ancestors are true.
  • Famous People – To find out if they are related to someone famous.
  • Historical Event – To gain a better understanding of an ancestor’s involvement in a famous historical event.
  • Trace Medical Conditions –To assess the risk of getting certain medical conditions that run in families.
  • Trace a Family Inheritance –To determine genealogical proof of a family connection for potential heirs.
  • Find Birth Parents – To determine the birth parents of an adopted child. Alternatively, to find children given up for adoption.
  • Proof of Paternity – To determine the biological father of a child.
  • Religious Tenet –To satisfy the tenets of the religion. The most notable example is the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
  • Community History – To document a community history by understanding the families that founded and influenced the community.
  • Historic Studies – To provide insight into history through the scholarly study of a famous family, such as a royal family.
  • Heritage Societies –To provide proof of lineage to quality for a heritage society.
  • Preserving Family Traditions – To preserve knowledge of ancestors who contributed to family traditions, such as a family recipe book.
  • Preserve Family Culture – To allow families that have migrated to another country the opportunity to preserve some of the culture of their old country.
  • Reconnect with Family – To find and reconnect with living relatives.

And, finally:

  • Family Legacy – To fulfill a desire to pass on a legacy to future generations.
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