Taking the time to get well-organized now will save you time later, and it will help you research your ancestor lines efficiently. Here is a good overview of getting organized with your genealogy materials.
This helps you remember where to begin and how to stay on target with your goals.Summary
Choosing one line at a time to pursue is a more efficient way to do research. Try to gather as much information about a given family unit as possible, before tracing back additional generations: work backwards in time. Here is a warmup video to get you started with research; watch 7:10 to 8:15.
A good research strategy will help you get more research done in less time. It will also help you know when to spend more time on a line and when to move on to the next one.
The strategies in this Choice will help you when you search genealogy collections in Goal 4.Summary
Note: Be sure to verify information in a genealogy tree before adding it to your line in FamilySearch.Summary
The FamilySearch Catalog and Books contain additional records that may be helpful in your searches. There are other online catalogs as well that can prove useful.Summary
The better your search skills, the more time you are likely to spend looking in the right places, and the better the results.
Note: You must be signed in to partner sites before accessing their records.Summary
When research challenges arise, they don't need to derail your progress. With some best practices and creative thinking, you can keep your family history work moving along.
Examples of common mistakes include:
This can help you make progress when traditional methods aren't working well.
There's nothing like being there ... You can deepen your family history experience by planning and taking trips, short or long, to places connected with your ancestors.
Apps, for Apple or Android, or websites, can help you do family history research and discover ancestors.