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For Researchers

A family history project involves discovering the names and relationships of ancestors.  The research process includes

  1. planning,
  2. conducting research,
  3. evaluating facts and solving problems,
  4. creating a record keeping system to organize information, and
  5. careful documentation of information sources

Research starts with what is known and then proceeds to what is not known.  It is recommended that those just getting started focus their attention on a direct line:  one's parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and so on.  It is easiest to concentrate attention on one branch of the family at a time.  By doing one line at a time a novice will break into their new hobby very gradually and gain experience and confidence.  It is wise to set aside time regularly to do research rather than let weeks or months pass between research sessions. 

Research carefully, accurately and thoroughly so that your genealogical  research could stand up in a court of law.  Strive to be as careful as possible when writing and copying data to prevent mistakes.  Accuracy and care take a little time but are worth the attention and effort.  Document the source of all the information you find.

A good researcher always has an inquisitive mind.  Continue to learn more about history, geography, and the community in which your ancestor lived.  In collecting genealogical facts, be logical, systematic, scientific, and professional.  Careful analyses will answer most research questions and solve most research problems.