Number one – do not expect to locate all family lineage and information in a matter of a few months. It is a large puzzle that was decades in the making and can not be totally solved in a short time.
Next – be patient. This mixes with the idea of solving the family puzzle will take time.
Third – Accept that there may be spelling variation for the surname or given names. Some of the spelling changes could continue several times over a period of 100 years. One of my husband family branches changed their surname four times over a hundred year period.
Never accept 100% or even 50% someone else’s online research. Get ideas and clues but then do your own checking with many different sources.
Fifth – use as many different resources as possible. This includes church, county, city, federal records, military, city directories, census, deeds, photos, Wills, journals, letters, vital records (B-M-D), cemetery records, newspaper articles, obituaries, and family Bibles.
Next, give yourself some time and a quiet place to work on your research. You could devote one hour on one day of the week. You will be surprised how much you will accomplish in a few months.
Eighth – it is best to concentrate on one family branch at a time. If you jump around from one branch to another, it can be quite confusing.
Ninth – use the public resources such as Family History Centers run by the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, local public libraries, and see if there is a genealogical society in town.
Finally – if you become stuck on a specific ancestor, start with their siblings. Information might be easier to locate on a brother to your grandfather and in turn then you might find a clue to the grandfather.
Photos: Gather photos, letters and documents; Your Ancestors are Waiting; Nicknames; and Approach One Ancestor at a Time.
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