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"Genealogy is the study and tracing of family lineages and history. Genealogical
research is a complex process that uses historical records to establish biological, genetic, or familial kinship. Reliable
conclusions are based on the quality of sources, ideally original records, the information within those sources, ideally primary
or firsthand information, and the evidence that can be drawn, directly or indirectly, from that information. In many instances,
genealogists must skillfully assemble indirect or circumstantial evidence to build a case for identity and kinship. All evidence
and conclusions, together with the documentation that supports them, is then assembled to create a cohesive “genealogy”
or “family history. Genealogists begin their research by collecting family
documents and stories. This creates a foundation for documentary research, which involves examining and evaluating historical
records for evidence about ancestors and other relatives, their kinship ties, and the events that occurred in their lives.
As a rule, genealogists begin with the present and work backward in time."
Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies
The Continental Army by Robert K Wright Jr.
Dekalb County Illinois Historical & Genealogical Society
Historical Society of Delaware
Ellis Island Foundation Inc
The Macon-Bib Georgia County Public Libraries
The Thomasville Genealogical, History & Fine Arts Library
Idaho State Historical Society
Illinois Genealogical & Historical Societies
LaHarpe Illinois Historical & Genealogical Society
Moultrie County, Illinois Historical & Genealogical Society
Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society, Illinois
Indiana Historical Society
Elkhart County Indiana Historical Museum
Kansas State Historical Society
Kentucky Genealogy & Historical Societies
Minnesota Historical Society
Tishomingo County, Mississippi, Archives & History Museum
The State Historical Society of Missouri
Missouri Digital Heritage - Secretary of State Ron Carnahan
The USGenWeb Project - Land of the Free...Genealogy
Nebraska State Historical Society
Texas Genealogical History
Virginia Historical Society
West Virginia State Archives
Wisconsin Historical Society
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
General Land Office Records U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management
USA People Search - Genealogists & Family Historians
Be sure to evaluate the source of your information. Remember, you can't believe everything you read!
everyone has two family names: your father's, but also your mother's. Don't feel you must restrict your research to just your
paternal family tree.
You need to realize the way your family currently spells your name may not be the same way your ancestors spelled the
name. It would not be unusual for them to have spelled their name more than one way in the same document.
When possible, you need to confirm your information with official documents: census documents, birth records, land records,
family Bible records, etc.