Texas Czech Genealogical Society
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Source your findings.
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A Timeline of Facts is a tool enabling researchers to see an overall picture of an ancestor's life.
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A Research Log is a tool for recording the source of every piece of information you collect.
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Cabinet Card photos often bear the photographer’s stamp; this is information that can help place and date your ancestor. When you scan your Cabinet Card photos, scan the entire photo and card to capture this information.
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Source your photos (i.e., Photo from the Josef & Frantiska Kolenovsky Tydlacka Collection) acknowledging the person or collection the image originated from. When you share your images, this information will be on the shared photo.
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When searching for general articles in old documents and publications (especially pre-World War II) about Czech people, you will rarely find them or their language referred to as "Czech." Search for "Bohemian" or "Moravian" instead.
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When searching in old publications and other documents (e.g. census, deed, and tax records), remember that many of our Czech immigrant ancestors didn't read, write, or speak English well (if at all), and American reporters and officials would often misspell or incorrectly record Czech names, usually using some sort of phonetic spelling. So try searching multiple spellings for Czech names (e.g., "Dushek," "Dusheck," "Dushack," or "Duseck" for Dusek).
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When travelling to conduct research at places such as libraries and county clerks' offices, prepare in advance. Make a list of details you are looking for. Have a plan as it is easy to forget specific details or be side-tracked by other interesting information.
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When travelling to a cemetery to conduct research, remember to bring along these tools: *Camera -- Most older tombstones are inscribed in Czech and a photo will allow you to translate when you return home. *Czech-English Dictionary
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When interviewing an individual, prepare a list of questions. A small recorder is an excellent tool to bring along and could allow you to concentrate on the interaction between you and the individual. Even if you take notes, a recording will enable a review of the conversation and possibly bring out things you may have missed.
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A pleasant demeanor may determine how successful you will be when working with staff at a research site. Always ask if there is a proper way to handle research materials.
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When a family member passes away, they take a library of memories with them. It’s a genealogist’s duty to record them before that happens.
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An official birth record (certificate) issued by the state is not available to the public until on and after the 75th year of the date of birth.
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Keep files in a three-ring binder. In addition to digital files with genealogy software, it is a good idea to maintain a paper file.
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GEDCOM -- a file format, developed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to provide a flexible and uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. A GEDCOM filename ends with the extension of *.ged (like smith.ged).
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Ahnentafel -- a German word meaning ancestor table. It is an efficient way to organize a pedigree for it creates a continuous list of ancestors instead of chart. It is particularly useful when corresponding with another genealogist because it allows him or her to see immediately where your genealogical research ends and also where your family and his or hers might have common ancestry. Many genealogy programs will create an Ahnentafel-style genealogy report for you.
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