We have a sign up at the Stake Library and encourages people - just like at a real Library - to whisper - but here it is for a different reason. Many times, when you are searching for Ancestors and providing you say a prayer first, when it comes down to one or two candidates for your relative, you can write down all the facts and then pray for the sure knowledge. Those relatives want to be found. They went through such hardships and did not have the luxuries that we enjoy today. They do not wish to be forgotten. Every time you learn more about your Heritage, I'm sure they smile because if they could tell you their story, they most certainly would do so!
Elder Richard D Scott wrote for his talk on Family History,
"This work is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil, where help is given in both directions. Anywhere you are in the world, with prayer, faith, determination, diligence, and some sacrifice, you can make a powerful contribution. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way. And it will make you feel wonderful." 1.
From Kim Crenshaw Sorenson:
- Only use Census data, carefully jotting down the ages of the children and names.
- Use a Census Matrix like this to make sure you are measuring data for data of same families and not settling for a probable.
- Then document and save birth certificate, death certificates looking for information on the parents.
- Social Security data, Marriage Licenses, Divorce decrees/
Everyone has a different way of organizing - I just thought I would show you how I keep things straight.
Download the Template from my One Drive link at the bottom
Save it as your family Name
Add a Tab for Each leg of your family
In each Page copy the template and paste it into the page by selecting
the area (blank square) between Row 1 and Column A
This will highlight the cntire template - then click Control + C to copy it
Go to the next blank page with a family leg named as the tab
Go to the same corner between Row 1 and Column A and click on
that blank square.
Now Paste it in there by holding down Control and then hold down V to Paste
Do this for Each leg of your Family Tree
Now Start Adding your names and Birth YEARS to the columns, the formulas will
tell you how old they were at each census.
Next to Each Census Date in ROW 9 you can mouse over to tell you what you can expect to find for that Census.
So this is how I document why they won't be on the 1940 census
It shows the last one they were listed on and then
what happened and how
the family as a child to the family as an adult
then their families are listed below that with each child linked with a color in both families.
These dates are really far into the future - the people below have not been marked
deceased so it shows how old they would be in 2020, 2030 and 2040 which is only important for the next generation. These can be erased after you make a copy of the template
You never know where someone is going to start in this template. You can hide columns, you can erase formulas if needed. If you feel you erased one in error, for example,
perhaps you erased one below that 211. go to the 211 and copy and paste straight down to the next cell.
If you see NEGATIVE numbers, the sheet will tell you that this person will not be born for 158 years from the 1820 census. Once you establish
These are called absolute references so the formula is only good in that column for another cell in the same column. You wouldn't copy a cell from column b to column D - Only from Column D to D
H ere is a Link to my Template on One Drive
Down load it and input your family names and the years they were born.
See if you have the right census data already. If you do, make an X next to
your family member's name.
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