Home Sources – The First Place to Look for Information (SWFLN)

Genealogy is one of the world’s most popular hobbies and it’s not a surprise that it’s become number one in the United States. Millions of people around the globe are actively engaged in some form of family research. Just a few years ago, The Today Show estimated that 60% of the adult American population is involved in some level of research whether it be as a hobby or for medical or legal reasons.

For someone just beginning the journey into the past, the road can be confusing. The place to begin your family history research is with personal knowledge about your family. Our seminar(s) will feature three classes designed to introduce the basic concepts for starting the research process.

Genealogical research, much like charity, should begin at home. Our ancestors were issued copies of many documents during their lives. Some examples could include:

1. Certificate of Naturalization
2. Marriage Certificate
3. Baptismal Certificate
4. Military Discharge Papers
5. College or School Diplomas

Our parents and grandparents may also have old photo albums, scrap books, Family Bibles, newspaper clipping folders, diaries, etc. All of these items may contain valuable clues. They might also save you time and money in the research process. Due to increased restrictions on access to public records, locating these old documents may be your only option for finding the information. Home sources may lead to clues in many other sources, or contain names for additional contacts.

These sessions are designed to stand independently so you may choose the ones you want. We hope you can join us for all three. You as a member of SWFLN, have the option to register for all three of the sessions, stay for two, or simply just attend one; but you MUST register individually for each session on the SWFLN CE Calendar at www.swfln.org.

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