GETTING STARTED
  1. START WITH YOU
    Everything starts with you! The process of discovering your family's history starts with you and then works backward through time.
  2. START YOUR FAMILY TREE
    Create a master family tree on the hard drive of your computer, many are available, create a schedule to regularly create an external back-up.
  3. GATHER YOUR DOCUMENTS
    What documents do you or close relatives have on hand, i.e. birth, marriage, death certificates, immigration and naturalization records?
  4. DEFINE YOUR FIRST GOAL
    What question are you looking to answer? Try to keep that first question within the last 100 years of your family's history.
  5. INTERVIEW ELDER FAMILY MEMBERS
    Now is the time to capture those family stories that often are lost as generations pass. Those stories may hold valuable clues.
  6. RESEARCH, FIND, AND RECORD SOURCES
    Start your online research. Start broad and narrow your search. Prove what you find and record sources. Don't forget to log your research.
  7. HOW WILL YOU ORGANIZE YOUR FILES
    Decide what records you will keep and how you will keep them so that you can later find them when you need them.
  8. CONNECT WITH OTHERS
    Genealogy is all about sharing and connecting. You will find new relatives and new friends. Join a local genealogical society for support.
Answer

Can you date this picture using the 1900  US Federal Census below. 


What Can You Learn From the 1900 U.S. Federal Census 
See if you can answer these questions using the highlighted section above: 

1.    Where was Albert Allee's mother born?
2.    How many of Albert's daughters are seen on this census?
3.    What's Albert's marital status? 
4.    How were Richard Fearn and Ella Allee related? 
5.    How was  the relationship between Alonzo Partlow and Richard Fearn  
6.    How many children has Carrie had by 1900.
7.    How many of Carrie's children survive in 1900. 
8.    Louis Fearn was born in what month and year? 
9.    In what state was Carrie's father born? 
10. What was Ella's occupation in 1900? 
11.  In what year did Richard Fearn immigrate to the United States? 
12.  What was the relationship between Ella Allee and Alonzo Partlow? 




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