Monday, March 20, 2006

Starting Research in a New Locality

When you start research in a new area, it's always helpful to Google for basic sites, check out RootsWeb Guides to Tracing Family Trees:, Cyndislist:, and look at the Research Guides that the LDS puts out. These are now available, free, from

Bookmark all the good sites you find! When you run into a snag, look over the basic research information again. Perhaps you have neglected a basic step. Doing the basics is like building a foundation for your house. You can build a house without a foundation, but it won't LAST! Doing the basics, like moving from the known to the unknown, keeping careful records and citing your sources, widening your search to include siblings, collaterals and neighbors, etc. might seem to slow you down sometimes, but they will keep you going for the long haul.

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. - Buddha


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