Ancestors Tree Ancestors

-Global Menu-

Beginning Your Research

Records at Risk
Family
Compiled
Technology
Vital
Religious
Cemetery
Census
Military
Newspapers
Probate
Immigration
Writing A
Family History

Key Web Links
Glossary

Helpful
Resources

Products
Online Courses

Online Tools
Online Search
Helpful Tips
Resource Guide
Teacher's Guide
Free Charts

About
ANCESTORS

The First Series
FAQ
Links Seen
On TV

Media Kit
Survey
Components
Behind the
Scenes

Experts in
Episodes


Diaries & Journals << Family Records <<

| Go to the Diaries and Journals Introduction |

Diaries and Journals Guide

Family Records-
Diaries and Journals
What's in Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Names, dates and places of events and experiences important in the life of the writer


  • May also include:
  • Details of day-to-day life
  • The writer’s personal opinions and perspectives, concerns and priorities, thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams
  • Facts and dates about relatives and neighbors
  • Interesting views of historical happenings that were current events to them (e.g., wars, elections, epidemics, etc.)
  • Background information about living conditions, prices, etc.
  • Family records of all types are generally found using the same tactics. These listed here apply to journals, photos, Bibles, as well as other family records:

  • In your own home – attics, closets, basements, bookshelves, etc.
  • In the homes of your known relatives
  • In the possession of distant cousins located through research
  • In libraries, archives, genealogical and historical societies, and other specialized collections
  • In antique shops, used book stores and flea markets, especially near the residence of the subject
  • Through websites designed to reunite diaries, photos, Bibles and other memorabilia with the families from which they were separated


  • "See the list of recommended family records links for specialized websites for particular record types"

  • To find dates of life events to further research
  • To find names of family members, neighbors and others who interacted with your family
  • To gain insight into the personality of your ancestor
  • To put your ancestor’s life into context time- and history-wise
  • To cull interesting details or excerpts for a family or personal history you are writing
  • To find clues of medical conditions that may continue to affect your family today
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Family Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
    Text-Only | Site Map | Feedback


    -Context Menu-

    Family Records

    Tools:
    Glossary
    Video Clips
    - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -

    Episode Browser:
    Suzanne's Story
    5-Step Research
    Process

    Family Records
    Diaries & Journals
    Guide
    Photographs
    Guide
    Family Bibles
    Guide
    Family Histories
    Guide

    Episode Extras:
    Chronological & Life
    Topic Content

    10 Major Sins Against
    Family Records

    Junk or Heirloom?
    Tactics for Obtaining
    Copies of Records

    Links:
    Recommended
    Links

    Experts in
    this Episode

     

         
    Search HomeEmail