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4-H Genealogy Project

December 5, 2019
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Resources

State 4-H Genealogy Website

Genealogy: Tracing My Family Tree (Genealogy Resource Guide)

*No manual however, a record sheet must be completed

** Manuals can be purchased from the Education Store

FORMS can be found on the state website through the link above

SCORECARDS can be found on the state website through the link above

RECORD SHEETS can be found on the state website through the link above

General Exhibit Requirements

 

Record Sheet Required

Forms for this project are found on the Indiana 4-H Web site www.extension.purdue.edu/4h. Click on "projects" and then on Genealogy to reach downloadable forms. This project is organized into divisions and not grades for a youth cannot start in Division 3 without first completing Division 1 and Division 2. This is a project that builds on the previous division information in order to be successful in building your family tree. If you are using a genealogical commercial software program, you may need to type in or hand write in information required by the Indiana 4-H genealogy project. See 4-H forms on the 4-H website linked above.

 

The exhibit will consist of no more than four (4) notebooks for Division 1-4 and first year Advanced Division. If a notebook requires additional space, label it as notebook x, continued. Those notebooks are:

* Book #1 – 3” D-ring binder, contains introduction sheet, pedigree charts and family group sheets

* Book #2 – 2” D-ring binder, contains additional information worksheets and diary of work

* Book #3 – 3” D-ring binder, contains supporting documents, pictures, etc.

* Book #4 – 3” D-ring binder, contains Advanced Division options only (Begin using this notebook in first year of the advanced division or the fifth year of project enrollment.)

* Another notebook should be maintained and kept in a secure place at home to keep original personal and legal documents as well as previously exhibited work.

                                                                                      

Notebooks should be tabbed and in the following order:

Book #1 - Introductory Page; Pedigree Charts; Family Group Sheets

Book #2 - Additional Information Worksheets; Diary of Your Work

Book #3 - Any Other Documents (label with ancestor numbers on tab)

Book #4 – Advanced Division Options (label each tab separately with the specific option); Diary of Your Work (this will be a second diary describing work done for each advanced division option)

 

Pedigree Charts, Family Group Sheets, Additional Information Worksheets, and Diary Sheets are to be placed in the notebook back-to-back in sheet protectors to save space, reduce the information being damaged, and reduce the number of sheet protectors required.

 

So the notebook exhibit can be displayed to the public and to minimize the potential of identity theft, original legal documents are NOT to be included in the exhibit notebook. Instead, a photocopy of any legal document is to be included in the notebook and all identifiable information (like social security numbers) except for names is to be completely marked out. Original legal documents are to be kept in a secure location by the 4-H member and his/her family.

 

All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H members’ exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. Reference notations are to be made in the “source” column of the Family Group Sheet and on each document.

 

If information on a family member is unknown, an additional information worksheet for each required ancestor is still required. Write “unknown” or “NIA” (no information available) in PENCIL for each sheet of unknown ancestors or list several ancestors on a page and insert page in proper numerical order.

 

After exhibiting the 1st year of the ADVANCED Division, only the Advanced Division notebook (Book #4) with ALL OPTIONS (no pedigree charts, no family group sheets, no additional information sheets, no documents from Divisions 1-5) needs to be exhibited each year the genealogy project continues.

 

Suggested Genealogy Supply List:

 

Division I

  1. Exhibit the following:

    Book #1

    Book #2 (Ancestors 1-7 information)

    Book #3 (Ancestors 1-7 information)

  1. Turn in a completed record sheet.

 

Division II

  1. Exhibit the following:

Book #1

Book #2 (Ancestors 8-15 information)

Book #3 (Ancestors 8-15 information)

  1. Turn in a completed record sheet.
  2. Exhibit Book #1, Book #2, and Book #3, which should only include Division 2 ancestors 8-15 and related information.

 

Division III

  1. Exhibit the following:

Book #1

Book #2 (Ancestors 16-31 information)

Book #3 (Ancestors 16-31 information)

  1. Turn in a completed record sheet.
  2. Exhibit Book #1, Book #2, and Book #3, which should only include Division 3 ancestors 16-31 and related information.

 

Division IV

  1. Exhibit the following:

Book #1

Book #2 (Ancestors 32-63 information)

Book #3 (Ancestors 32-63 information)

  1. Turn in a completed record sheet.
  2. Exhibit Book #1, Book #2, and Book #3. Books 2 and 3 should only include Division 4 ancestors 32-63 and related information.

 

Advanced Division

  1. Exhibit the following:

Book #1

Book #2 (Ancestors 64-255 information)

Book #3 (Ancestors 64-255 information)

Book #4

  1. Turn in a completed record sheet.

 

Pedigree charts are available on the Indiana 4-H website for your additional research. Each year following, continue to add ancestors to your pedigree charts. In addition, choose one of the following options that has not been completed previously. Please identify, by letter, the option that you are completing (for example: Advanced Division, Year 1, Option A; Advanced Division, Year 2, Option C; etc).

 

Advanced Division Year 2 and beyond – Exhibit Book #4 that contains advanced division options and a second diary of work. If additional ancestry information was found in the seventh and eighth generation, exhibit Book 1 noting ancestors completed this year along with Books 2 and 3 demonstrating this year’s work. EXPLAIN the information received as to how it relates to you and your ancestors. Copies of documents obtained in previous divisions are acceptable and should be utilized in the option chosen if needed.

 

  1. A migration map of your eight-generation ancestors. You should have at least one map per family line with charts or explanations of the migrations.
  2. A timeline historical report of a family line. Show how this family fits into history. Document your report as well as possible with dates, records, places or maps, pictures, etc. Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  3. A census history of a family line. Census abstract forms can be found on several websites. Download forms to abstract the census. Your notebook should contain copies of the census and the completed abstract form for each census.
  4. A history of your family's religious background for any family line or lines. Include a brief history of the denomination. Include baptism, confirmation or profession of faith and membership records. Also include information or history of the congregations involved. Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  5. A history of your family's military service for a family line. Include supporting documents when possible. These documents could include military records, (muster rolls, discharge papers, etc.), pension records, and bounty land records, as well as maps and pictures. Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  6. A research paper on a famous ancestor. Prove your relationship to this person with documentation. Try to include pictures and anecdotes to enhance your paper.
  7. Complete a family line or lines back as many generations as possible beyond eight generations (ancestors 256 and beyond). Include pictures, maps and documents. Be sure to include proper labels and sources.
  8. A timeline historical report of another family line not previously completed. Document as well as possible as in Option B. You need to state at the beginning that this is a second family historical report on such ancestor.
  9. A history of your family's military service for a family line not previously completed. Include supporting documents as in Option E. You need to state at the beginning that this is a second family military history report on such ancestor.

J. Family DNA history. (This can be a very expensive option) Please include charts and explanations. i.e. use pie charts, ethnicity estimates, approximate percentage regionally, number of countries searched, genetic percentage, family tree, graphs, etc.

 

 

 

Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!

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