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 Reasons to do Genealogy

  1. You get to learn about yourself
  2. You get to learn about your extended family
  3. You have a new reason to go on out-of-town trips
  4. You gain new excuses to talk to all of your relatives
  5. You become a part of something much larger than yourself
  6. You create something important to pass on to future generations
  7. You learn more about history and geography than you ever thought you’d want to know
  8. You have valid grounds to purchase a new PC – to manage all of your data and scanned images
  9. You find one more reason to play on the Internet – databases, e-newsletters, chat rooms, etc.
  10. You endeavor in something that has absolutely no chance of ever being completed                                                                                                             

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