Sunday, May 3, 2009

A BASIC EXPLANATION OF EACH SOURCE TYPE

HERE I WILL GIVE A BASIC EXPLANATION OF VARIOUS SOURCE TYPES I HAVE LISTED

Abstract
Summarizes the text within a document, essentially paraphrasing with all the important details included. The data itself is written exactly as it is in the document, but updates or comments will be included after the information.

CD Rom

Indexed records, history or other pertinent genealogical information that is burned onto a CD.
Cemetery Search

Canvasing cemeteries of interest to locate tombstones
Cemetery Inscription
Vital information can often be obtained from the inscriptions on tombstones. Some even tell the character trait of the person. You will generally obtain the name, date of birth and/or date of death.
Cemetery Record
If you are lucky, the caretaker of the cemetery has access to plotting records and/or burial permits which will have a wealth of information.
Census Record
Information varies depending on the time frame of the census record, but all census records include head of household and those who were living in the residence at the time of the census.
Deed
Obviously deeds provide you with information of ownership and old deeds give quite different descriptions compared to present day deeding. You can learn about who the property originally belonged to and the history of the land/home itself.
Email Message
properly documented, email messages can be used as a source of documentation when sharing information.
Family Bible/Diary/Journal
Families often kept family records within their Bibles, so they are a great source of information. Diaries and journals were very common to notate daily activities and special events within the family's history.
Gedcom File
Stands for Genealogical Data Communication and it is a text format of your family tree which can be read by a genealogy software program. If it isn't viewed with the proper software, then it is basically illegible. I will discuss the format of Gedcom files in depth at a later date.
Interview
Interviews can provide a great amount of information, but it is still word of mouth and must be documented further.
Letter
Letters were a major form of communication in the age before telephones, computers, etc. They provide first hand information on many family events or flesh out character traits of the people being discussed.
Periodical
Magazine articles, manuscripts, written articles
Tax Lists
You will find heads of households on tax lists which will document the location of ancestors in a time frame
Vital Record
Records such as birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, death, etc. are generally obtained at your local courthouse. However, if the records you are seeking are not located at the courthouse, they can usually tell you where the records are located if this is not the case in your community.
Will
Obtained at your courthouse, wills are full of valuable information and often will notate familial ties.
Government Record
Military records, Naturalization Records, Immigration Records, Census Records, Land Records, Passport applications. Locations will vary from state to state.

I will be explaining each of these sources in depth at a later date, so please visit often to notate any updates.