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RE 5140 Advanced Children's Literature: Genealogical Research

Use this guide as you work on your Immigration Project.

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

CastleGarden.org:   http://www.castlegarden.org/
Information on individuals who entered the U.S. between 1820 and 1913 through the port in New York.

Ellis Island:   http://www.ellisisland.org/
Information on individuals who entered the U.S. between 1913 and 1924

Family Search:   https://familysearch.org/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:  http://www.cyndislist.com/
A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Access Genealogy:   http://www.accessgenealogy.com/
Provides an emphasis to listing of resources by states. 

American Ancestors:  http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html
The New England Historic Genealogical Society's website linking to databases for researching ancestors in New England, New York,, and AFrican American ancestors.