What is Genealogy
Tid Bits
Tips and Gotcha's
Top ten myths
Top ten reasons to do it
Just for Fun
Getting Started
An exercise using a pedigree
Paperwork organization
Preserving your records
Labeling your records
Maps and geography
Old style dates
Old style handwriting
Tombstone reading
Calculating relationships
Family reunions
PC Software
Genealogical Programs
Genealogical Numbering Systems
Family Group Sheet form
GEDCOM format
Descendancy report
Ahnentafel report
Recap and Statistics
The data pyramid
Source Documents
Record types
Vital and primary records
Manuscript archives
Censuses and the soundex
Actual examples
Where to Look
Where to do your research
Kansas City area research
U.S. GenWeb
Recent immigrants
Ellis Island
African American
Native American
Hispanic American
Recommended web sites
Certified professionals
Genealogical publishers/sellers
Recommended books
Publishing your family history
Forms to use
Dewey Decimal system
Homework assignment

Just for Fun

  • Genealogy is fun. The answer to one question leads to two more questions.
  • My family coat of arms ties at the back. Is that normal?
  • Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.
  • At the public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated, the platform collapsed from under him.
  • After much hard work, you have resolved a mystery you’ve worked on for two years, then your aunt says “I could have told you that!”.
  • Your great grandfather’s newspaper obituary states he died leaving no children.
  • The thirty-seven volume, sixteen thousand-page history of your county of origin is not indexed.
  • Tombstone inscriptions:
    • Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon me for not rising. (cemetery in Ruidoso, NM)
    • Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake. He stepped on the gas instead of the brake. (cemetery in Uniontown, PA)
    • Here lies Lester Moore, four slugs from a .44, No Les, No more. (Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, AZ, Les was a Wells Fargo station agent in Naco, AZ)
    • She always said here feet were killing her but nobody believed her (Margaret Daniels in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA)
    • Born 1903 – Died 1942. Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was. (Harry E. Smith, Albany, NY)

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