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Researching Your Family history | Filling out Charts & Trees

A few “do’s and don’ts” for recording family history information:


Don’t place any importance on the precise spelling of any names you’re researching.  Although spelling matters to us now, before the 1900s extraordinary variations occur in the spelling of names and places.  Illiteracy was widespread and names were often recorded by clerks as they heard them.

Adding Family

Be sure to include the brothers and sisters of your direct ancestors. Apart from adding depth to your family history, extended family members might have left behind important records that your direct ancestor didn’t. Often, siblings or cousins will supply a clue that can launch you over one of the brick walls you will occasionally encounter in your direct path.