Family books and narratives. How to structure

To begin with, when people begin to engage in genealogy, they may first be faced with how to structure the information they found.

There are several important rules, as a rule we know them from the school bench, but do not think about it. These rules are precisely aimed at ensuring that a person can structure the information he has collected. Just a story.

What information exists and how to structure it

Information happens:

  • Oral.

This is what you heard and recorded from the words of your relatives. Create a folder on your computer and drop in verbal information, audio files, and record the transcript of this interview.

  • Textual.

This is what you found on the Internet, received from archives and so on.

  • Visual.

These are pictures from scanned photos.

Any story should be directed in time from antiquity to our days and from our days to antiquity. It’s easier to move from antiquity to our days.

Any genealogy study is a line study.

For convenience, create folders on the computer along the lines and in them information folders where you will store structured information about your ancestors.

It will be difficult at first, but then the text itself will help you. Highlight specific topics for yourself, combine them in time.

Then all this information can be structured into a genealogy book. It can be created, either with your own hands or ordered. An ancestral book, like a magazine, is one for ten years, later it will again have to be rewritten and added. After all, there will again be a lot of information.

The article is based on a lecture by Vitaly Semenov, a genealogy historian.

Good luck in finding.