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Genealogy helps you to learn about your family and where you belong in that family.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Document a source for every fact you find.
[Located in Category: Evidence & Documentation]
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Family stories are not always true.
[Located in Category: Interviewing Family & Friends]
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Don't always depend on "source material" others have posted. Even census records were not recorded accurately. Have at least 2 similar source results to back up your findings.
[Located in Category: Internet Research]
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Source your information.
[Located in Category: Evidence & Documentation]
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Genealogy is the history I didn't pay any attention to in school.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Genealogy is the puzzles that I have always stayed away from.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Genealogy is finding new relatives all over the world & learning new, interesting things from them.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Document every fact listed on your family.
[Located in Category: Evidence & Documentation]
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Check every census in which your ancestor appears.
[Located in Category: Census]
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Include nicknames in quotation marks in the name field.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Transcribe records – census, land, probate.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Check every possible spelling of your surname.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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If you don't provide the sources for your information, then that information is practically worthless to other researchers.
[Located in Category: Evidence & Documentation]
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Join a Genealogy Society and take advantage of their programs and expertise of the members.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Attend classes at the local Family History Center. They are free and always helpful.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Contact historical and genealogy societies from the area being researched.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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"Google" your family names. You never know what you may find.
[Located in Category: Internet Research]
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Use family gatherings to collect stories from the senior members. Make videos!
[Located in Category: Interviewing Family & Friends]
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Use holidays and family gatherings to relate stories to the next generations.
[Located in Category: Interviewing Family & Friends]
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Backup your software, backup your software and backup your software. You will not regret if you do, but you will regret it if you do not.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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When looking on censuses if you find a questionable name, sound out the given and/or surname several ways phonetically. The census takers often wrote what they heard.
[Located in Category: Census]
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Be open to several variations of a surname.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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Persevere, persevere, persevere.
[Located in Category: General Genealogical Research]
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When reading the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census, be aware that "Ia" usually was used as the abbreviation for Indiana rather than Iowa.
[Located in Category: Census]
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Google your ancestor's address (urban area).
[Located in Category: Internet Research]
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Embrace the Internet but don't believe everything you read. See #1.
[Located in Category: Internet Research]
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Not everything is on the Internet. You still need to conduct original research.
[Located in Category: Internet Research]