1 - The first thing you need to do is start with is youself at #1, father #2, mother #3.
2 - Names, dates, places: ie: Taffy Rath ( use your real first name, and for women always MAIDEN NAME ), born: day, month, year; born: City, County, State.
3 - If you don't know use abt. date.
4 - To order Birth, Marriage, Death Certificates, each state is different. This website: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm
BELOW ARE SITES YOU CAN DOWNLOAD SAMPLES OF GENEALOGY PROGRAMS:
Wikipedia has a good forum to use for researching Genealogy
Genealogy Programs for the Macintosh Reunion Version 9 http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2007/03/reunion_version.html
http://www.synium.de/products/macfamilytree/index.html#Demo%20Movie ( They have a sample tree you can play with).
Personal Ancestry Writer II
iFamily for Leopard
Personal Ancestral File 5.2 http://www.familysearch.org/eng/paf/ Windows® 95B, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows® 95A with Microsoft Internet Explorer® (PAF Companion requires Windows 2000, XP, or Vista) Pentium PC or iMac with a Windows emulator 32 MB memory (64 MB recommended) 20 MB to 60 MB hard-disk space (add 12 MB for PAF Companion) 256-color display adapter supporting at least 800 x 600 screen resolution. Windows-compatible printer
BELOW ARE GENEALOGY WEBSITE TO HELP IN YOUR RESEARCH:
Most are F R E E GENEALOGY SITES
Will give you site of other people researching as well as actual resources. You can get a Death record from a lot of people and be able to get a copy of the original Social Security application for $27.00 This will tell you who their parents are, and date and place of birth. If you don’t know this info it is a super great source, because it will be in their own handwriting. You can get download blank Genealogy forms from Rootsweb and Family Search for free.
The LDS home website. http://www.Familysearch.org
They have the 1880 US Census. The Ancestral File is only about 50% correct. It is where some people have put their families into a database, however about 50% are the info was not SEARCH. "Garbage in, Garbage out" But in their Library site you can see if the area has been filmed. I got all my Italian information from the Civil Records that has been filmed in Italy. They have filmed all over the world, and are still filming.
Cyndi's list: http://www.cyndislist.com Will keep you busy for years.
Ellis Island: http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/default.asp
The Italian women usually came over using their Maiden names. So the children will sometime have mother's maiden name instead of their own maiden name. Especially if the husband came over first and the children came later with mother.
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter http://blog.eogn.com/
A good source for New and Genealogy sites.
Is a good resource, but cost $$$ They have all the census's from 1790 to 1930, Indexed but you MUST be creative in the spelling. Their indexes are bad. Sometime I can find the family by just first names, but you must be willing do spend time. There are a lot of error on the census's. Ages, birthplaces. You need to do several census to get a more factual information. They also have the WWI Registration, which give birthdate and sometime you can tell if they are single or married.
For the United States sites: Every county in every state is doing a project where they are putting actual sources on their web sites. Every county is different so you have to check every thing to do with the county you are researching. 1- Google "county, state. (must spell out each). 2- search within - Genealogy. 3- search name. put into " "
Use your Library card. If they have a web database, check it out. Most libraries have Heritage Quest. You can get most of the census from them, as well as people from books.
EASTMAN Genealogy News online http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2007/03/reunion_version.html.
REMEMBER If you get ANYTHING from the Web, or a Book (of ANY KIND), there will be errors. Even a Family Surname book. Anything copied or typewritten will have at least a 30% error rate. If you want your Genealogy to be accurate, you need to verify the source yourself.