5 Easy Steps

Seven Amazing Research Principles

Okay, we cheated a little.  We knew if we included “AMAZING” in the title you couldn’t resist clicking on it.  And here you are…so we were right!  It’s good you’re here reviewing these.  They may not be exactly amazing, but they’re sure really, really helpful.

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Your ancestors will truly appreciate the work you’re engaged in on their behalf.  Follow these simple principles and you’ll make your family history efforts even more productive and enjoyable.

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Principle #1
Use the available research helps and guides — Helps, guides and resource booklets are often available for the locality or type of record you’re researching.  Find them and use them.
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Principle #2
Don’t skip generations — Go from the known to the unknown, one generation at a time.  Start with yourself and document your information as you go from one generation to the next.
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Principle #3
Stay focused in your research — Don’t hop, skip and jump around.  Research just one or two ancestral lines at a time.
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Principle #4
Think like a detective — Don’t give up when you hit a “brick wall.”  Keep an open mind and look for alternate ways and sources to attack the problem.
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Principle #5
Do “whole family” research — Track down information on your ancestor’s brothers and sisters—it often leads to valuable information you otherwise would never find.
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Principle #6
Always record the sources of your information — Information on your ancestors should be backed up by a source.  List your sources completely and accurately for the benefit of future generations.
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Principle #7
Don’t blindly trust information you find on the Internet — Treat what you find on the Internet as the beginning, not the end.  Trust no one else’s research without at least checking it out first.  Don’t contaminate your records with someone else’s “junk genealogy.”
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Principle #1.  Use The Research Helps & Guides

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