Collecting Documents for Family History

Author: Robert W. Penry @ 2021

As we do family research, we soon find that we have a considerable amount of documents, both paper and electronic media.  We soon find how valuable a scanner is.  We scan documents and store them in folders on our PC.   We also store paper files.  We then begin to see that our paper folders and our electronic folders often have the same name and the same type of material.  We might have a folder on our PC labeled “Obituaries” and have the same folder in a file cabinet.  The one continues obituaries that we copied from on-line sources and the other clippings from newspapers or copies we made from a file at a library.

The following is a list of many of the documents used in family history research:

Pedigree Chart
  Family Group Sheet

Vital Records – Birth

Birth Certificates
  Birth Announcements

Vital Records – Marriage

Engagement Announcements
  Marriage Announcements
  Marriage License’
  Marriage Certificates
  Anniversary Announcements
  Divorce Announcements
  Divorce/Annulment Certificates

Vital Records – Death

Death Certificates
  Death Notices
  Funeral Programs
  Funeral Cards
  Tombstones & Monuments

Census Records

Folder for each census year

Church Records

Blessing Certificates
  Baptism Certificates
  Ordination Certificates
  Temple Records
  Mission Records
  Church Education Records

Immediate Family

(Separate Folders for each family member)
Medical Records
  Military Records
  School Records
  Employment Records

Other Records

Play Bills and Programs
  Financial Records
  Household Inventory
  Recipe Collections
  Journals and Diaries
  Greeting Cards


(Paper and E-Mail)
From Family Members
  From Friends
  for family history research


Atlas & Road Maps
  Historical and Tourist Sites

Photos & Post Cards

Family Homes
  Historic Family Sites
  Medieval Portraits & Heraldry
  Ancestor Portraits
  Current Family Portraits
  Cemetery & Grave Pictures
  Family Travel/Vacation

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