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Finding Your Roots Ancestry Research: Genealogy Resources

Starting your Family Tree Research

       Step 1.  Write down what your family already knows about your ancestors.

  •  Record as much as you know about  the names, dates, and places about yourself, your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on a family chart. If you do not know exact dates and places, estimate them. Always use pencil when filling in genealogy charts, so you can easily make corrections.

        Step 2. Review your family chart and decide what you want to research first.

  •  Decide what information you want to find first.  You may want to find a missing piece of information about one of your grandparents, for example.  You will also want to verify the information that you have already written down -sometimes the information you were told by a relative may be incorrect.  

    If you can't find a record for a person, say the person's name aloud and  write down the various ways the name could have been written and search using these variant spelling(s). Census, and often other offical records, were filled out by an official, not by your family member.  The recorder may have misspelled the family member's name.

    Step 3. Select resources to search.

  • Swisher Library  subscribes to the premier resource for genealogy research, Ancestry Library Edition .  Access is available on any computer on the Daytona campus.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.

  • .There are also a number of free resources on the Internet. Here are several helpful sites :    

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