Family History Research

The Narrative Lineage

I received my Board for Certification of Genealogists Certification Application Guide a few week ago and since then, have been trying to figure out what to do first. I decided to work on the Narrative Lineage, Kinship Determination Project Requirement 7. I have to document three generations of a family and provide two proof summaries of relationships. What I am quickly learning is I have many holes in my research where the additional lines are concerned. The main line and children are very well documented.  It is the second and third generations where the gaps are obvious.

What I am now doing is going back through my files, my tree, and online resources to document what I can and make lists of the documents I need to track down at the various libraries and repositories in the area. That research has also led me down a couple new paths to link families in southern Illinois to my Chicago families. And I’m finding very interesting information.

If you want to figure out where you have holes in your research, start writing your narrative lineage and it will quickly become obvious.

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