Much of the genealogy information people have available to them when they try to begin learning about their individual family members, relatives, ancestors, and other persons of interest may consist mostly of old photographs and official records such as those of the census, as well as birth certificates, baptism records, military records, marriage records, pension records, and death certificates. These records are fine as a starting point; however, taking the additional step of assembling the information into a life story, or biography, will provide a much better understanding of the individual.
Please note that the following templates are very basic and might be described as crude. Our goal here is to give persons who are starting their work a simple means of assembling genealogy and biography information, which they can complete and then change to suit their purposes.
Copy the text of the templates into a document on your computer. You can do this by first opening a new document, creating a name for it, and saving it. Next, place your cursor over the text on Our Place In The Pattern, hold down the left button, and move the computer mouse over the text from beginning to end. Release the button, and then with the cursor over the blue-highlighted text, hold down the right button on the mouse, and then move the cursor over the word 'Copy' and click on it. Go to the file you created on your computer, place the cursor over the empty document, and click on the word 'Paste'; alternatively, click on the clipboard icon, or small picture of a clipboard, usually shown in the upper left-hand corner of computer screens.
Fill in as much information in the brackets, or [ ], as possible, and then delete any brackets where information is not available or known, to create a beginning outline.
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