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10 COMMON SENSE RULES WHEN STARTING TO TRACE YOUR FAMILY TREE

10 COMMON SENSE RULES WHEN STARTING TO TRACE YOUR FAMILY TREE

By Mike Harvey
Rule 1

Don't try to trace your connection down from some historical figure you may
be told you are related to. (Like I did...fool)
Always start with yourself and work backwards. Interview EVERYONE in the
family and see what documents and photos you can obtain or copy. Be careful
with family stories, they tend to be sugar coated and sometimes connect the
wrong event to the wrong person or generation. Interviewing Relatives is
cross-referenced with Lies and Date Discrepancies!
Economies with the truth are rampart.
(Surprise! surprise! Paternal Great Granny and Great Grandpa weren't quite
the paragons of virtue that I was led to believe. And Maternal Great Grandad
wasn't an "English Emigrant". He won an all expenses paid trip to Australia
courtesy of the Old Bailey which he repaid with 14 faithful years in
Government service! Oh, and Maternal Great Granny won one too! Some
favouritism shown with her...she …

Holding a Family History Event

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Did you get an April copy of the NASW Temple and Family History Newsletter?  Click Here!





here are lots of events that can help you further the work by encouraging others to attend and learn how to document the lives of their families.  Here are a few successful ideas we have used.

Have a Linger Longer  or Open House Event with your Ward 
Takes place after the 3 hour block.
TACO OR BAKED POTATO BAR - fun ! just have everyone bring 1 bowl of their favorite topping.  cheese, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, chopped olives, 


Invite everyone to bring their favorite topping to tacos or have a  baked potato bar
We supplied

3 crock pots of taco meat (3 family history members donated), 12 dozen tortillas from Smart N Final (3 family history members each brought 4 dozen - about 4.00 each)and a cake from Costco (1 family history member donated 16.00)  We used the Wards supply of paper plates, cups for water and forks/napkins Members bring:  pen/paper for notes; laptop - would be very helpful


Stations:  W…
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The new Area Seventy for the Scottsdale Coordinating Council is Elder Raymond Heyman
Raymond S. Heyman, 60, Chandler, Arizona; Partner, Snell & Wilmer; former bishop, high councilor, mission president, and stake president; wife: Diane Heyman, five children. We look forward to coordinating the Reports from our Stake Presidencies to ensure continuity and success with Temple and Family History. There are a few sites that have been helpful we wanted you to know about: Gatherers in the Kingdom https://www.lds.org/topics/family-history/leader-resources/family-history-training?lang=eng&old=true
Please note that there are three presentations of this slide deck for 3 different meetings.  One for Leaders, one for Temple and Family History Consultants, and one for Ward Members.

Thank you Br. Carruth for letting us know that slide 5 was different in the leader's deck than what has recently been published.   Another new slide shows that Area TFH Consultants advise Stake Presidents and this…

Why do People do Genealogy?

Here is a link to our other blog - this was a very popular article we did! Enjoy!

HOW TO USE THE FAMILY SEARCH WIKI - by Ted and Karen Meyer

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This is a great little short video on how to make the most of your resources.  A lot of people will come to us and say I need to find this person.....that's all.  In order to do this correctly, we need more information so that we can maximize on our resources and minimize on our time.

So - Here are some questions we need the answers to?

This person's name____________________
Where were they born?_______________________
What was the first Census they appeared on?
What Census data have you already searched?
What county/City/State did their Parents live in as Children?
What county/City/State did they Marry in?
Do you have corroborating certificates of his parents - and or/grandparents?
i.e., - birth certificates, death certificates, baptisms, census data, any county records,

In other words, what have you already done so that we don't reinvent the wheel?

What do you know about this person's heritage? Language spoken?
When did they immigrate?
Who was the first person in yo…