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Manatee Genealogical Society of Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida

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Getting Started
See also: Manatee County Items at the Family History Library

1. Start with yourself & work backwards to your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.

2. Gather documents from family sources including:

  • vital records - birth, marriage & death certificates

  • church records - christening, marriage burial

  • military records - pension, discharge

  • bible records - (photocopy those middle and front pages with family history notes.)

  • family portraits 

3. Get organized by: 

RootsMagic - 

Family Tree Maker -
Legacy - 
PAF Personal Ancestral File -

  • While the Society doesn't endorse the use of a particular genealogy program, you will find tech support by attending our local computer-genealogy group. The  Manasota Genealogical Society Computer Interest Group. If you are interested in RootsMagic, MGS sponsors a RootsMagic SIG which meets once a month (See Meeting Schedule page)

4. Learn more about earlier generations

  • Attend genealogy society meetings, take local genealogy classes and read online "how-to" lessons to learn about the genealogy research process.
  • Begin to do research at local & regional archives, libraries & LDS Family History Centers. 
  • Remember that books provide "second hand" evidence of our ancestors, shorting our search for original documents archived at courthouses, churches and other archives throughout the world.
  • Consider that the bulk of your research will be done on microfilm of original records from those distant localities where your ancestors once lived. 

5. Hang in there!  The challenges are many, but the rewards are GREAT! 

Good luck in your ancestral quest!

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