MS Roots

March 11, 2010

Getting Started

Filed under: Uncategorized — by tmailhes @ 4:22 am

Step 1. Choose a method of organizing the information.

For me this was easy.  I was given The Family Tree Maker software.

Step 2. Write what you know.

In the first sitting, I recorded just the basics and had 32 people, 2 States and 2 Countries.

Step 3.  Search the Census ( I used the online resources of my local library)

By the end of these searches over the course of a month, I have a total of 105 people, 4 States and 2 Countries.

Step 4. What now?

My next step is to find other records related to my family besides their page in the census.  I have a few days planned in Mississippi in June and will visit the archives while I am there.  I will be looking for marriage and death certificates.  In the meantime, I will continue to pester my relatives for information.



  1. Congratulations on your new found hobby. It seems to be taking you in like a fat kid at a sweet shop.

    Comment by Paul — March 11, 2010 @ 1:08 pm |Reply

  2. Hi there,

    I’d also encourage you to read some good books–they are the best way to grow your skills and really understand the records. I highly recommend: “Black Roots” by Tony Burroughs and “Finding a Place Called Home” by Dee Parmer Woodtor. As far as records, a must read is “Courthouse Research” by Christine Rose. You can find them all on Amazon. Good luck to you!

    Comment by msualumni — March 15, 2010 @ 3:13 am |Reply

    • Thank you, I actually found “Black Roots” this weekend. I am very interested in “Courthouse Research” since I will be in Mississippi in a few months and the courthouse is one of my stops.

      Comment by tmailhes — March 15, 2010 @ 4:44 pm |Reply

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