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Take this quiz to see how well you know the basics of genealogy.

1. You have the names of three siblings born between 1884 and 1887 and need to know the names of their parents. Which census would be the best one to start with?


2. IGI stands for...

International Genealogical Index
Index of German Immigrants
Itemized Guardianship Inventories
Irish Geographical Index

3. The best place to start your genealogical research is...

National Archives
Mormon Library

4. It's been said that "genealogy of place" is vital to doing research. This means that the most important thing to do when you find out the name of the town an ancestor was from is to...

learn the important people in a town's history
determine where the town is located and how boundaries have changed over time
go to the town itself to research your family's history
learn where the cemeteries are located in the town

5. An ancestor died intestate. This means...

he left no will
he was traveling out of state when he died
he died in a state prison
his body was never found

6. Your grandfather's sister's daughter is your...

great aunt
second cousin
first cousin once removed

7. The standard way to write May 8th, 1904 is...

8 May 1904
May VIII 1904

8. You do not know your grandmother's maiden name. She was married several times. The surname you will use for her on a pedigree chart is...

the surname of her first husband
the surname of your grandfather
the surname she had when she died
none of the above

9. You found several records that give your ancestor's birthdate. Rank the sources for reliability.

1834 baptismal record
1850 census
1902 death record
1974 family history book

10. Finding the original meaning of your surname will help you in researching your ancestors.

True False

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This site is for anyone who is directly or remotely related who has an interest in researching or documenting their heritage. 

In the grand scheme of things, knowing who our ancestors were doesn't really matter.  Once the nuclear bombs begin flying or life is wiped out from a comet/asteroid or our sun starts to swell into a red giant and boils our oceans and atmosphere away, our lineage will be as important as the contents of your garbage can.

But until the end arrives, some of us just need to know because, in part, who we are is a result of where and from whom we came.  Civilization has a history and we are a part of that.  Our ancestors roamed this earth and experienced joy, sorrow, love and despair.  Each left behind a story - a memory.  Some are interesting and others not so much.  In a way, when their stories are shared or their names read aloud, we keep them alive.

My purpose is to simply attempt to compile as much as I can for the benefit of those who come after me. 

If you would like to contribute a memory, a photo, a story or a few kind words about someone in this database, I will gladly assist with getting it entered into the records.  If you would like a report or book, let me know.

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Scottish: from an Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Fearsithe, composed of the elements fear ‘man’ + sith ‘peace’. Some early forms with prepositions, as for example William de Fersith (Edinburgh 1365), seem to point to an alternative origin as a habitational name, but no place name of suitable form is known. The spelling Forsythe is associated chiefly with northern Ireland.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Forsythe Family Crest and History

Where did the Scottish Forsyth family come from? What is the Scottish Forsyth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Forsyth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Forsyth family history?
The Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the Forsyth family.  The name Forsyth is derived from the old Gaelic personal name Fearsithe, which means man of peace.
However, some recorded examples of the surname Forsyth suggest that it is occasionally a local name derived from residence a place named Forsythe.

Forsythe Early Origins
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound.
Spelling variations are common among Scottish names.  Forsyth has been spelled Forsyth, Forsythe, Forseyth, Forsy, Foursides and others.
First found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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