I have been an educator in the genealogy field for more than thirty years. Although I teach intermediate and advanced classes, some of my fondest memories have come in the classes I teach for those that are just getting their feet wet.
And, I'm not going to tell them.
I give them weekly assignments to get them started. They are given a couple of pedigree charts and six family group sheets with the following challenge for the coming week:
- Fill out the pedigree chart as completely as you can.
- Always capitalize the last name!
- When recording the place of an event, always include the county. Always. not everyone was born in a town, but everyone was born in a county.
- Begin recording the date in a standard genealogy format; 27 Nov 2012. This can really help to avoid confusion if using just numbers.
- When recording the grandmothers, use the maiden name. Always.
- For the family group records, fill them out as follows:
- For #1, your family as it appears now.
- For #2, your family showing you as a child, with all siblings living or deceased, who they married.
- For #3, your mother's family, showing her as a child with her siblings and who they married.
- For #4, your father's family, showing him as a child with his siblings and who they married.