The morning session had about 20 CVGS members and 12 non-members in attendance. The non-members ranged from beginners with a pedigree chart to intermediate researchers with some research background.
- Buy a computer program for your family tree – Family Tree Maker (Win and Mac), RootsMagic (Win), Legacy Family Tree (Win), Reunion (Mac), MyHeritage (Win).
- There are many online video courses for Beginners and others – check out the FamilySearch courses/videos
- Fill out your pedigree chart – a skeleton of 5 generations of ancestors – with names, dates, and places
- Fill in the blanks on the chart – find records, family, local, repositories, online search
- Use free online searches and record collections such as Google, FamilySearch, USGenWeb, Rootsweb, Find-A-Grave
- Use online commercial subscription sites with record collections such as Ancestry, Archives, Fold3, GenealogyBank, etc.
- Be careful – don't believe everything you see, use “official” records to make sure data indexes and online trees are correct.
- What can you find – birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, census records, city directories, wills/probate records, land records, military records, immigration records, SSDI, cemetery records, etc.