SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR WORKING ON A

GIFT OF FAMILY HISTORY CARD

2005 by Donald R. Snow

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WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
SUGGESTED STEPS FOR HANDLING A GIFT OF FAMILY HISTORY CARD
  1. Type the data into PAF
  2. Find the counties and check spelling of towns and cities – record a reference for anything unusual that you find.  Make a source entry for the card itself in Individual Sources in the PAF database – remember PAF can “memorize” the citation so you don’t have to type it more than once
  3. Check all four grandparents in compiled family trees (Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, RootsWeb, Ancestry.com’s World Family Tree, etc.) to see if you can find families and pedigree extensions easily
  4. Download and/or print at least the start of what you find and include in the report what else there is in that source
  5. Run GenSmarts on the PAF database to see what can be found on free web sites or on those available in a FHC.  Check things like Vital Records, U.S. Censuses, Social Security Death Index, Land Records – whatever comes up and your time allows; print or report what you find.
  6. Do a keyword search (surname and place) in the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) for surnames on the card and print a few pertinent references.
  7. Do a place search in the FHLC for places on the card and print a few pertinent references.
  8. Add information found to the PAF database with sources.
  9. From PAF print pedigree charts and family group sheets for each family on the card and perhaps a few others you have found.
  10. Backup the PAF database to floppy
  11. Within a week deliver the printouts, reports, and backup floppy to the Ward High Priest Group Leader to assemble and arrange to get back to the person.

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