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Ask the experts

June 12, 2010

Q: Are there any resources to help get me started with genealogy?

A: Marsha Fuller, certified genealogist, recommends a few titles that give people tips on interviewing family members as well as on basic beginning genealogy.

o "The Genealogy Handbook" by Ellen Galford

o "Family History 101: A Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Ancestors" by Marcia Yannizze Melnyk

o "The Genealogist's Question & Answer Book" by Marcia Yannizze Melnyk

o "Organizing & Preserving Your Heirloom Documents" by Katherine Scott Sturdevant

o "Digitizing Your Family History: Easy methods for preserving your heirloom documents, photos, home movies, in a digital format" by Rhonda R. McClure

Fuller also suggests a few websites to help with helping prepare interview questions for genealogical research:

o Genealogy.About.com/cs/oralhistory/a/interview.htm

o http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohlths/interview2.htm

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o Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~thecohens/interviewing.html

o http://www.etherton.net/geneques.htm

To learn how to protect your information, Fuller said the Library of Congress Preservation offers more advice on the care of valuable collections.

For information, go to http://www.loc.gov/preserv/careothr.html

Q: Are there any local resources?

A: Fuller said she presents lectures on genealogy and occasionally, Washington County Free Library offers a beginner's genealogy workshop. If interested, contact the library's reference desk and have your name put on a list.

To access the library's free genealogy databases, go to http://www.washcolibrary.org and click on genealogy.

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