Clan Hope Genealogy Tips and Ideas

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GENEALOGY TIP # 1
First Cousins: People in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you.
Second Cousins: Have the same great-grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents.
Third Cousins: Have in common two great-great grandparents & their ancestors.


GENEALOGY TIP # 2
Once Removed: There is a difference of one generation. Your motherís first cousin would be your first cousin, once removed; she is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents.
Twice Removed: Means that there is a two generation difference; your grandmotherís first cousin would be your first cousin, twice removed because you are separated by two generations.


GENEALOGY TIP # 3
Double Cousins: Double cousins occur when siblings from one family marry siblings from another family.


GENEALOGY TIP # 4
Never accept undocumented genealogical data at face value - even published data. If it's undocumented, there's probably a reason! Treat it as an hypothesis to be verified.


GENEALOGY TIP # 5
There is no substitute for research in the County Courthouse where your ancestors lived. Holding the original document that your ancestor signed is an experience that cannot be duplicated. Plus, you can see exactly what was written, not someone's interpretation of what was written!


GENEALOGY TIP # 6
Family lore, stories, myths and legends should be viewed as leads to be verified - not gospel. Family lore is notoriously fanciful. Have you ever played the game "Gossip"? (Grin)