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

Top Ten Genealogical Myths

  1. You can find your complete family history at the National Archives, in the LDS Church in Salt Lake, or on the Internet
  2. All genealogy information you find on the Internet is accurate, complete and reliable
  3. Everything you find in books and databases/CDís is accurate and reliable
  4. You can learn all about your surname in mail-order books
  5. It MUST be true because Great Aunt Matilda told me so
  6. The spelling of our surname was changed at Ellis Island, or, my family always spelled it that way
  7. The courthouse burned and ALL of the records were destroyed
  8. If it was printed in the obituary then it must be true
  9. That famous person and I MUST be related since we have the same last name
  10. I cannot find any records of the person there, so he/she must not have lived there                                                                                             

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