BACKWARDS important in family history to with yourself and work Your research needs to solid foundations or you a lot of time researching aren’t your ancestors!
YOUR SOURCES You need to be really organised in family history to keep track of everything. Most online family tree builders allow you to attach digital copies of records to facts or at least a clear note as to how you came by the e information. It’s also worth recordin ng where you have looked for documents you haven’t found so youu don’t waste time repeating searches s.
LIVING RELATIVES Some of the best material you will come across as a family historian (photographs, letters, diaries and memories) will be in the possession of other family members. Start with older members of your family but don’t ignore cousins or your parents’ cousins. Even experienced family historians can benefit from looking at lines of descent and contacting more distant cousins.
YOUR OWN RESEARCH has become easy to benefit from
research of others, but be sensible. With just one click you can attach ‘facts’ you have found on other people’s family trees to your own, but make sure you record where this ‘ fact’ has come from. Either contact the other person and ask them if they can share their evidence, or search for it yourself.
AN OPEN MIND are millions of records online, but it’s not always easy to pinpoint the one you want. If you can’t find a document you are sure should exist, then try different spellings, different record sets or look for other family members. The important thing is to know the extent of the record set you are searching. The hunt is all part of the fun of family history!