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Where to begin? Start with yourself. Progress to your parents, and then your grandparents and so on until your home sources are exhausted.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014
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Start from the known and proceed to the unknown. Documented facts are the solid foundation on which to build research strategy, not family traditions, theories, or hopes.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014
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Take complete, documented notes. Take notes in as permanent a form as possible. Every time information is copied there is an additional chance for error.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014
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Analyze what you know. Write out a research plan for each new generation, including names, places, known and probable dates, and sources likely to provide the missing data.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014
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Keep an accurate, up-to-date research log. List all records searched, the date of the search, names of ancestors investigated, and a notation on the usefulness of the source. {Did you find surnames you were looking for, what time period did these records cover, were new family connections found?}
Last Updated: 31 December 2014
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Prove that each ancestor you claim is yours, truly your own. Use either direct information or prove indirectly by eliminating the possibility of his or her being anyone else of the same name.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014
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Do not use secondary sources to the exclusion of primary, or vice-versa. Both have their place in genealogical research, and must be used in accordance with their own nature and limitations.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014
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Never attempt to abstract a document you do not fully understand. Have it photocopied or hand copy it exactly, taking care to include spelling and punctuation as given in the original document. Use a law dictionary or the advice of more experienced genealogists to unravel the mystery at your leisure.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014
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Do not translate names or dates from original or secondary material into contemporary usage. Failure to copy the data exactly as given in the record can cause distortions which will lead you astray. When dates are given numerically {3-2-29} as is common in Quaker and German records, before leaving the record, check other dates in it to determine if the first digit is the month or the day. {Since there are only 12 months, 13-2-29 = day-month-year, and 2-13-29 = month-day-year.} If your research is prior to 1752, be sure you understand the distinction between the Julian & Gregorian calendars.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014