Create a Record "Worthy of All Acceptation"
your records are like those of a lot of people, they are far from
"worthy of all acceptation." There may be missing names,
incomplete dates and places, and inadequate documentation. Every
name, date, and place should be as complete as possible and should be
documented with at least one reliable source, including access
information so it can be found again. Make sure you have at least
one source for every piece of information you have. (If you get a week behind in the schedule -- No Worries! -- just pick up where you left off and continue on!)
to keep a journal of your progress, your experiences, and your
feelings about completing this challenge.
are tasks for you to accomplish for this challenge.
a family on your pedigree whose records you would like to complete
and document. Study what you have on that family and look for
lacking data or source documentation. You may wish to make working
copies of your records so you can mark them up as you progress.
yourself a ‘to do’ list and list on it each item you wish to
find or document.
family members and ask them whether they have data or sources you do
not. If they are able to supply needed information and sources, add
them to your records and check those items off of your ‘to do’
list. You may wish to also obtain copies of the sources, such as
birth or death certificates.
contacting family members. One contact may lead you to another.
your information and records as you collect them. Keep paper copies
in a folder and record data on forms or use a genealogy software
program, such as the Personal Ancestral File (PAF), to organize your
family data and sources. This program can be downloaded for free
from the www.familysearch.org
website or can be purchased on CD at the library. Your FH Consultants
will give you personal lessons on how to use PAF -- just ask!
the Family History Library and ask for assistance with your
document pieces of information, such as a birth date or place, you
may need to look at records kept by governments, churches, or
private organizations. Several types of records exist for any
country and they are often indexed. Many records and indexes may be
available online. Types of records may include:
records—indexes and images are available on various websites,
which you can freely use at the library.
(under FHC Portal –
records—government records of births, marriages, and deaths.
records—contain baptisms, marriages, burials, or membership
records—gravestones may give names, dates and relationships.
records—can name family members. Usually when someone writes a
will, he or she lists the names of their spouse, their children,
and possibly their children’s spouses, grandchildren, or nieces
obituaries—may name family members and give relationships.
should make copies of the records you find and file them in your
folder. Add new information to your forms or genealogy program.
working on the tasks from the previous weeks.
Week 5 +:
you have finished this challenge, share newly completed and
documented information with family members. This can be done with
either paper copies, digital copies
burned to CDs, a family website or blog, and of course with
FamilySearch or www.rootsweb.com's "Family Trees"
in your journal about what you accomplished during the challenge.
At our Ward Social near the end of the summer,
bring your summary.
You will not be giving in the summary, only showing it as evidence of
finishing your challenge in order to receive your award of