Getting Started

The following tips are for our Vickers cousins who are just getting started in researching their family history and who may need assistance in knowing where to begin.

1. Start with your family. Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, great-aunts/uncles, cousins, etc. to get as many names, dates, and places as possible. Ask for stories they may remember about past family members. Every detail can be important in piecing the puzzle together. Ask about the family Bible. It may record many details to help get you started. First and second cousins may have old family pictures, documents, or information that were passed down their lines.

2. Family information should at least get you back before the year 1900. At this point go to the genealogy department in your local library. They should have federal census records on microfilm. These will help you to follow your ancestors back to about the year 1800.

3. By this time you will probably be able to link up to one of the Vickers family working files on The Vickers Family Resource Page. Contact others noted in the files that are researching your same line to share information.

4. You will then be able to supplement your family outline with other material from courthouse records, and state and federal archives, including marriage, will, deeds, etc. See the section on Research Tips in the Relationships section of the Resource Page.

5. Submit by email your research to kvickers@tfc.edu for inclusion on the Resource Page so that other Vickers cousins can benefit!

6. Good luck!

PS: Another good resource I found for getting started is: Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History, from the The UK & Ireland Genealogical Information Service (GENUKI). It has alot more helpful ideas for beginners.

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Kelly G. Vickers, 50 Trembly Bald Drive, Toccoa, GA 30577

Phone 706-886-0012    Email  kvickers@tfc.edu