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Introduction to Genealogy
Lesson 1a: Why Genealogy?
 Intro to Genealogy:
 Lesson One
• Course FAQ
• Course Outline

• Why Genealogy?
• Genealogy: The Basics
• Charting Your Course
• Recording Names
• Recording Dates
• Recording Places
• Putting It All Together
• Lesson 1: Quiz
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In lesson 1 of the Introduction to Genealogy class you will learn about the basic objectives of genealogical research, methods of charting your family tree, terms for the variety of relationships you will encounter in your tree and the proper methods for recording names, dates and places.

By the end of this lesson you will understand:

  • a variety of motivations for studying your family history
  • the building blocks of a family tree
  • how to identify the relationships in your family tree
  • how to record your family tree in a variety of formats
  • the proper methods for recording names, dates and places

This class is geared to genealogy researchers in all countries, not just the U.S.

Why Genealogy?

Genealogy is one of the world’s most popular hobbies. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe are actively engaged in some form of family research. It seems as if everyone, in some part of their lives, wonders where they came from. Maybe it's the red hair that your mom says has been passed down from your Irish great-grandfather. Or perhaps a curiosity as to why Grandma never spoke about her family. Some people have become intrigued after visiting a battlefield and wondering if one of their ancestors fought or even died there. For others its the box of old photos or clothing which has been left to them by a relative. 

What starts as a simple curiosity, however, quickly grows into a obsession. Forget shopping or gambling - climbing your family tree is much more addictive, so never say I didn't warn you!

Reasons to Research Your Family's History

People get involved in researching their family's history for any number of reasons, all of which are right for them. Here are a few of the most popular:

    • To satisfy your curiosity about yourself and your roots.

    • To provide your children with a sense of who their ancestors were, where they came from and how they lived their lives. 

    • To preserve family cultural and ethnic traditions for future generations.

    • To compile a medical family history to give family members an advantage in the battle against inherited diseases or defects.

    • To qualify for a lineage or heritage society.

    • To assemble and publish a family history book, whether for family members or for profit.

    • To discover facts that others have overlooked and solve the puzzle of a lifetime.

Next page > What is Genealogy Anyway? - The Basics


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