Outlines the materials and rules necessary to organize and maintain a genealogy book or chart; also includes how to record data properly and tips on where to get started researching. Is there royalty in your bloodline? As interest in genealogy grows, the resources available are multiplying right along with it. Information is more widely accessible than ever before, but for beginners it can be a little confusing exactly how or where to start. The key to successfully discovering your roots is preparation and organization. The first thing one must do before stepping into the world of family history is make a notebook. Supplies can be obtained from a discount store or office warehouse. You will need: a three-ring notebook, dividers and/or tabs, pedigree charts, notebook paper, plastic slipcovers, pen and pencil, plastic pouch, and magnifying glass.
1. Purchase a three-ring binder. You will be surprised at how quickly you accumulate information, so do not skimp on size or quality. Make sure the metal rings meet evenly together, and clasp tightly. 2. Dividers and tabs: Dividers are necessary to separate the different family lines you research. You still need dividers to separate the different sources from where you glean your information. 3. Pedigree charts: Pedigree charts are available in Family History Kits and from genealogical organizations. These forms are a lateral representation of your family tree. Your name--along with your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents--can be listed with space permitted for personal information such as birth, death, and marriages. 4. Notebook paper is essential for jotting down notes and references. It is also necessary to create a research log (with names, dates, and sources researched) to prevent duplication of your inquiries.
5. Plastic sheet covers are sheets that are sealed around both sides and the bottom so that documents or photographs may be slipped inside from the top. Charts and computer printouts also benefit since no holes have to be punched into the paper. Make sure your sheet covers have pre-punched holes and fit correctly inside your notebook. 6. A sharp No. 2 pencil or quality ink pen that will not smear is essential for note taking. Notes should be written neatly the first time so that they do not have to be redone. Printing is preferred over cursive because it is easier to read. 7. A small plastic pouch with a zipper is a handy accessory to have in your notebook. This item totes your writing utensils and also can carry change necessary for copy machines and order forms. 8. A small magnifying glass is a helpful tool when searching through old or illegible documents. A genealogy notebook is best kept in alphabetical order. Write each surname on a tab or divider. Behind each section, add paper, pedigree charts (filled out as far as possible to the best of your knowledge), and a few plastic slipcovers. Do this behind every divider to create a unit for each family line. Do not forget to add a research log in the beginning of your notebook to keep track of your work and expenditures.
Once organized, familiarize yourself with the written formats used by genealogists. In most instances, you will find names, dates, and places written the same way. Names are recorded with the last name first, followed by the first name and middle initial. Nicknames are often added last in parentheses (for example: Doe, John A).
Dates are written with the day first, followed by the first three letters of the month, and then by the complete year (for example: 25 Dec 1999). Places have a preferred format as well. First listed is the city or town, followed by the county, and then the state and country (for example: Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA).
Once you have prepared your notebook and recorded all the information available from your relatives and personal records, you are ready to begin searching national and state archives to find your distant relatives. Again, preparation is the key. Study and learn about the different resources available to family historians and where to get them.
Some of the most helpful resources available are probate records, wills, periodicals and newspapers, and census information; cemetery, military, birth, death, and marriage records; and christening, baptism, and congregation indexes. Do not forget the Internet with its genealogical sites, clubs, and message boards. Many churches and states are now making available online many of the records mentioned above. These wonderful opportunities save time and money and are good ways to meet others searching for the very same family members you are.
With a little groundwork and a lot of enthusiasm, you can be your own family historian. It is an exciting hobby and will be of value to you and generations to come as you discover your ancestral roots.
You have the dress, the veil, the jewelry, even the right underwear for your wedding, but what are you missing? The right wedding shoes can mean the difference between bliss and blisters, radiance or a ripped hem. Not every wedding shoe is right for your wedding, no matter how cute. Choosing the right wedding shoes requires a lot of considerations including season, groom height, wedding dress style, color and length of the dress, cost, wedding formality, fit, construction, length of time and location of venue, and bridal preference.
Wedding shoes should always be coordinated with the hem and base of the gown rather than the bodice or veil.
If satin shoes are preferred, it is important to remember that almost all satin wedding shoes are too white to match wedding gown fabric and must be dyed to properly coordinate.
Be sure to budget plenty of money toward wedding shoes. They are an important accessory.
Proper wedding shoe fit is essential due to the fact that receptions and weddings are typically lengthy events involving a lot of time on your feet. Shoes that are too big will result in tripping. Wedding Shoes that are too small might ache your feet after a day of standing.
Maintaining seasonal guidelines is still essential, especially on your big day. Winter is no time to wear sandals.
Purchase two types of wedding shoes, specifically with a comfortable pair for your reception if you plan on a lot of dancing.
Select a heel size that compliments your groom so that you are at the right height for photographs. Be sure to have your gown hemmed with your heel height in mind.
Whites vary. Don't guess. Be sure to carry a swatch of your gown while wedding shoe shopping.
For ultra-formal gowns, choose classy wedding shoes instead of clunkers.
Purchase shiny wedding shoes to match shiny wedding gowns, matte boca shoes to match matte gowns.
Be careful when choosing Lucite or vinyl wedding shoes for the glass slipper look. They can make your feet sweat and cause blistering if the fit or form is improper for your feet.
Be sure if you choose a sandal that the fit is taut enough to not cause too much give. It can cause your dress to get trapped between your wedding shoe and gown, resulting in gown damage or tripping.
Break in your wedding shoes for several weeks prior to the wedding day, but be sure not to get them dirty.
Choose a wedding shoe that will not bring attention to itself. You don't want to wear shoes that incline guests to stare at your feet. When in doubt, choose a more simplified shoe.
Shop for wedding shoes later in the day when your feet are slightly swollen.
Add special traction pieces to the bottoms of your wedding shoes for safety or hand-scuff sole surfaces to prevent you from slipping while you walk.
Be sure to coordinate embellishments with your gown. If you have rhinestones or crystals in your gown, you might choose to put rhinestones or crystals on your shoes. If you have pearls on your bodice, perhaps you will want pearls on your shoes as well.
Let your wedding shoes fit your personality. If you want white boots, buy white boots. Just be sure to consider all of the other aspects of wedding shoes when selecting them.
Think out your wedding shoes well. Stay focused and don't over-do it. If your gown is at a length that will keep your feet hidden, spending a large chunk of your wedding budget on shoes is not necessary.
If you want ultra comfort and classic style, think satin ballet slippers.
Don't wear someone else's concept of the perfect wedding shoes. Use your heart and your head without being forced into buying unwanted shoes by that bridal boutique consultant, your matron of honor, or your mom.
Remember, your wedding shoes are an essential part of your wedding wardrobe. Be sure to keep in mind your budget, accessories, and desires. In addition, consider helping your groom select his shoes if he is not renting them from the tux shop. Some of the same considerations come to mind in choosing the right wedding shoes for your husband-to-be, an activity he may not have thought about. With careful shoe consideration, your feet can look fabulous without aching by the time you get to your honeymoon.
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