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The first steps in starting your family history research
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Definition of Genealogy


[jee-nee-ol-uh-jee, -al-, jen-ee-]
1. a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.
2. the study of family ancestries and histories.
3. descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.
Source: genealogy. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved April 06, 2016 from website



Shopping List to Consider

Beginning your family history research should start from an organized platform. To prevent yourself from getting lost in the tree, consider purchasing or using these items to stay organized:

  • A notebook
  • Dividers with pockets
  • Highlighters (more than one color)
  • Graph paper

Along the way, you're going to be finding quite a bit of scanned resources that you'll want to store in your notebook.



Welcome to the LibGuide! The goal of this site is to give you a home to get you started confidently in your genealogical research endeavors. The process is overwhelming, so let's trim some of the insecurity by giving you the first couple of steps to take aim at. This site provides some videos, website resources, and a list of books you can purchase or request at your local library. Plus, read some of my notes on using other sources and census records. Lastly, this page provides presentation and toolkit that is geared to helping you start your research.


Where to Begin

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Genealogy Toolkit

Genealogy Toolkit from

Get started in an organized fashion with your genealogical research. provides an online genealogical toolkit with forms and templates that the beginner can use in getting the foundation built to your family tree.


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