Re: Getting started - using written family tree

Chris King


You are extremely fortunate to have this book. I won't comment on entering the data as others have already done so adequately.

I advise that you don't initially look for what's missing, but rather seek to verify what was written in the book first by checking against actual records (parish registers, wills, etc.), otherwise you may find that mistakes or assumptions were made in compiling the book, which you don't want to perpetuate. Even those of us who have many years of experience get things wrong

Enjoy the journey through your family's history. Good luck! 


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From: Dave <dcc@...>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2020, 10:43
Subject: [family-historian] Getting started - using written family tree
I have a family book that dates back to the late 1700's and has all my ancestors documented - perhaps 100-200 people. If I am about to begin entering this tree into FH software, can I start with the oldest ancestor and work my way down, or do I need to start with myself and work my way backward?  The book is laid out from the oldest ancestor down.

Once I have all my data in the tree, what are my best options to find missing elements and connect with other family trees?

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