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RE 5140 Advanced Children's Literature: Genealogical Research

General Guidelines

1. Start with who you know -- yourself, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents.  Locate birth and death dates.

2.  Fill in the Ancestral chart as a starting point for your research.

3.  Conduct informal oral history interviews with family members to fill in more of your pedigree chart

4.  Switch to a Family Group Sheet to obtain a more inclusive view of your extended family.

5.  Use pencil for all your research, write dates in a standardized format, and keep a research log of sources that you consult. 

Genealogy Databases

Websites and Article Databases
Information on individuals who entered the U.S. between 1820 and 1913 through the port in New York.

Ellis Island:
Information on individuals who entered the U.S. between 1913 and 1924

Family Search: 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' website - searches birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military records and more.  Also see:

Cyndi's List:
A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Access Genealogy:
Provides an emphasis to listing of resources by states. 

American Ancestors:
The New England Historic Genealogical Society's website linking to databases for researching ancestors in New England, New York,, and AFrican American ancestors.

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