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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree shows how rewarding and informative building a family history can be. Genealogy instructor Jeff Sengstack teaches how to find lost ancestors, connect with living relatives, and collaborate with others to grow a family tree. He explains how to use the Family Tree Maker application along with Ancestry.com and other internet sites to track down census data, immigration records, and other important documents, and then organize family tree data. Jeff also presents tips on how to scan old photos, create video slideshows, and build family web sites. Exercise files accompany this course.
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The rule of thumb in genealogy is to talk to older relatives. You'd be amazed at what you'll learn. Topping the list might be the revelation that dear Aunt Maude has tons of family tree information. One way to get the family history conversation started is by asking them to identify people and places in photographs. You might want to record interviews with older relatives. It can be as simple as putting an audio recorder on the table or using a video camcorder. Later, you can put audio and video clips on your hard drive, use Family Tree Maker to link them to individuals in your tree and post the clips online on any number of websites.
I talk about how to do that in another video. Whether during a formal interview or just a casual conversation, ask them about specific events, immigration, marriages, favorite past-times, reminisce about parents, grandparents, siblings. Finally, when all is said and done remember that were all fallible and your older relatives might be recalling things that happened decades ago. So it's a good idea to verify facts.
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