Beginning Research - Your Opinion Needed
Beginning Research and finding some interesting thoughts have come to mind.
I am not the youngster just starting, with a computer and laptop and I phone.
I learned the solid way of paper and pencil and letters and calls. Research trips to libraries, visits to family members homes.
Yes, we still do all of these things but today we have the added concepts of I Phones, I Pads, computers, not to even mention the Internet.
So if you were to do a Beginners Class, "Do You think the basics need taught as always, in the past?"
What were the basics you ask?
Start with self work back on the family group sheet, 5 Generation Chart and
gathering all the information you can on the current people and moving back a generation at a time.
Keep a log of the places you have contacted and places contacted and data received back.
Keep a log of the books you have read and if there was information in them for sources. Page, Date, data,
Title of book and when published and by whom, author.
Go through your family pictures and heirlooms to see what data is there to help you. This is an on going
project during your genealogical/family historian career.
Check distant kin for bible records, family charts (Currier & Ives) etc, Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and
other military skirmishes.
Visit repositories and work close with a LDS member at your local LDS library. I learned forming a bond with a
member and remembering they are human too, gets more results than being grouchy because the records
you expected there are not or may not even exist.
Now that was how I learned, Mom taught me much of this in the 1950's. I was on my own by 1959.
So today is 2012, Electronic gadgets abound, but do you take a beginner and set them down to a computer to
I did not do this with a Beginners in 2001 and I do not think that is a good way for the students to learn, but that
is my thoughts. I think they need to know where to look and what to look for and all that before you then show them
where to look and what is entailed in garnering information.
I fear they will get the idea that they can learn it all from being on the internet and we know less than 15% of
what we seek in on line and most of it is in Court Houses, Libraries, Genealogical and Historical Societies
and other peoples homes.
I hope you take the time to respond to this Query because I am about to venture into a new Beginners Progarm
I do not want to discourage anyone but nor do I want to give them the impression it can all be found via a
computer and computer access.