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What is Genealogy?
Identify the basic elements of genealogy research.
Getting started as a Genealogist
Basic activities to begin your genealogy research.
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Basic Genealogy
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Ten Skills for a Genealogist 

Checkout the video above to learn a little more about these 10 skills for Genealogists.

What does a Genealogist do?

The question, What does a Genealogist do, is a frequently asked question of Mr. Google.

As a professional genealogist, you study family ancestry to trace kinship, lineage, and history. Your job duties include gathering information using genetic tests, oral accounts, and other research, such as vital records of births, deaths or marriages. You may also teach, write articles based on your findings, and give lectures.

A genealogist job description includes researching family records, photographs and letters, public documents and census data. Using scores of databases, genealogists track living relatives and ancestors through their activities and accomplishments on local, national and even international levels.

However, you do not need to be a professional genealogist in order to study family ancestry. Genealogy is one of the leading pursuits, especially during our lockdown periods whilst under the burden of the COVID pandemic.

Basic Tasks and Activities usually associated with Genealogy include:

  1. How to use a Search engine to find vital records (BDM)
  2. How to Cite Sources found in your search
  3. How to use a Basic Family Tree Software program
  4. How to find and use the Census records in ancestral locations
  5. How to find and use the BDM records for individual ancestors
  6. How to record and store records found for preserving family history
  7. How to locate further research resources online and in print
  8. How to display and share your family tree 
  9. How to make the best use of Genealogy social media communities
  10. How to improve your skills with online Genealogy courses

Vital Records

This includes any sort of records about major life events, such as birth, death, and marriage records.

Vital records are great for providing detailed, official information about your ancestors, including:

  • Full legal name
  • Date and location of birth, marriage, and/or death
  • Parents’ names, and sometimes their birth dates and locations as well
  • Names of spouses, children, or other relatives

Vital records can be ordered directly from the agency that stores them. In many cases, they can now be found in searchable online databases, too, like those at Ancestry and FamilySearch. You can also visit Archives and search for the records yourself.

Source: Genealogy Explained

Watch this video to learn about the 5 Top Things a Genealogist Should Know How to Do, according to AncestralFindings.com

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