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
In the "Explore by Location" box you can search for records based on geography.
Note : You can also do Ancestry searches by location in Countries and Ethnic, using the QUIKLinks.
The Card Catalog is a searchable listing of all Ancestry collections.
Note : There are many data collections to search in Ancestry, from Special Collections to the Card Catalog. The steps below demonstrate how to search for birth, marriage, and death data collections. Summary
After you perform a search (see Goal 5), the search results are displayed, with a graphic summary at the top that shows family information for the person searched for. If you need to modify a search and try again, follow the steps below.
When you click "Edit Search" in the results page for a person, you can specify a variety of "exact" search parameters. Summary
The Shoebox is a place where you can store a copy of a record while you are deciding if and how to use it in your tree.
The better your search skills, the more time you are likely to spend looking in the right places, and the better the results.
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.Summary
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.