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Are you new to Genealogy? Are you lost and bewildered by the Genealogy websites you're finding online? This Newbie Guide will try to help you make sense of it all, and get you started on your journey to finding your ancestors.

10 Steps to Starting Your Genealogy Journey & Finding Ancestors

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Step 2. Talk to Family Members & Relatives

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Step 4. Find Ancestors in Census Records

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Step 10. Search the LDS Family History Library website

Olive Tree Genealogy Suggests Further reading:
* Making Sense of Alphabet Soup: Abbreviations and their meanings in Genealogy
* Genealogy Without Sources is Mythology!
Pedigree Chart: Begins with you and displays your direct ancestors. Most pedigree charts cover four generations, with a place for names plus dates and places of birth, marriage and death for each person.

Family Group Sheet: Used to record names and information on an ancestor and his complete family of spouses and all children

Source: The document, record, publication, or person used to prove or establish a fact.

Newbie: A newcomer or beginner in genealogy

Mailing List: A discussion group with similar interests. Subscribers join and participate in discussion on a defined topic. Distributed through e-mail

Website: A collection of pages put online by a webmaster or organization. Can be viewd in a browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox


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