How to Use the Site

The links in the grey navigation box at the left of your screen will take you to every page in this site. (The site map will also get you to every page in the site.) Go to the home page or the site map to navigate through my surnames. On the active page (any page you are currently viewing), the link to that page will be greyed-out, as "help" is here in the grey navigation box, and below.

Special comments for visitors will appear in the grey navigation box.

On pages with ancestor information, the grey navigation box will also take you to the

(If you'd like to see an example of this, take a look at the Andersen page. To return to the Help page, just click the back button on your browser, or "Help" in the grey navigation box.)

If I do not currently have certain information for a surname (like census extractions) those links will "greyed out" and not clickable.

The site navigation links (home, about, site map, help, and an email link) also appear at the bottom of every page.

You are welcome to with any comments about this site.

Getting Started in Genealogy

I am not an authority by any means.

A few starting points I can recommend are Rootsweb, Cyndi's List, and the Morman Church's Family Search site. If you want to search the web for your ancestor's name, try Google.

The amount of information on the web can be overwhelming, so think babysteps. Look for discussion lists and free online tutorials for beginners.

Don't wait to talk with your older relatives about your family. Take along photos to prompt reminiscing. Perhaps they can help you identify unknown people in your photos. Bring a tape recorder or a friend to take notes, so you can concentrate on the conversation.

Look for birth, death, wedding, baptismal, and other certificates. If you have a family bible, look for events, names and dates written in the front. Write down all the family members' names that you know, and their relationship to you. Look for old letters and papers, address books, and diaries.

Keep good records as you go. Write down the place you found the information, the book title, page number, etc. Make photocopies of originals or from microfilm. Remember that you may have to go back and find that source again.

Genealogy classes can be very helpful. Your local community college may have adult education classes in genealogy. If there is a genealogical society in your area, they often have classes. Check to see if your library offers seminars or genealogy programs. You may have an LDS Family History Center nearby. Besides being a valuable resource, they sometimes have seminars.

Good luck, and have fun.

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