Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

For the Beginner

Hints For the Beginner

Fill out and Ancestor Chart, starting with yourself.

Fill out Family Group Sheets, one for each head of household

on Ancestor Chart and for each of their siblings.

Develop a filing system for the material you have and collected.

Write dates properly to avoid confusion. Ex: 29 Jan 1892

Black ink photocopies better than blue ink.

Note date, location and type for each source you use.

Ex: 22 Jun 1980, Public Library in Barnesville, microfilm #…….

Include title page when photocopying pages of any volume.

Include SASE or stamps with all correspondence. This is a courtesy and many

organizations and researchers will not respond if you fail to do this.

Be specific when requesting information.