How to Improve Your Genealogy Habits and Find More Ancestors!

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Improvement in anything usually comes down to improving habits. That includes genealogy! Here are 5 genealogy research habits that will help you discover more of your family history with less frustration!

0:00 Improving habits
0:23 Read introductions before you search
1:37 Try different search terms (you might be using too many!)
2:46 Cite your sources (it isn’t just for professional genealogists!)
4:09 Ask a research question
4:55 Write more

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TGiantsbane says:

Fortunately, a lot of the info I have came from my mother .

Sidney Bristow says:

Rabbit holes are big here. Side tracked like a beagle after a rabbit. My 15 minutes turns into two hours!

Michele Olson says:

Thank you Amy, helpful info pointing out some things I had not thought about. Is there a place where I can post a question to you?

John L Moore says:

Any suggestions how to find someone u not sure where he was at or was born because it varies throughout since his records and we don't know if he was in Indiana in 1850 or 18 50. In Ohio?

Lisa Anne Peacock says:

Great Advice!!

Jennifer Daniels says:

One of my mom's cousins made a slide show with a bunch of family pictures and names. Maybe I can make a new one with some of the info I found on some of the ancestors.

Donna Hogle says:

I love this, thanks so much for your great work.

Jacquie Vickers Pioneer Research says:

Really great presentation. Made me think… I need to write more! Thank you Amy!

jholmansky says:

I always skip the introductions. I guess maybe I should start reading them. Thank you for the tips. And you're right about the writing — once I start, it always brings up more questions.

Francine says:

Help I'm having problems linking two people ( one of which is American Indian and a French Canadian) from the 1700s then connecting them to a person on my tree

glenn alessi says:

All excellent points ! I try following them all, but found writing up your research on individuals or couples, really shows you what you know and don't know and can give direction for future work.

Deborah Ponder Mance says:

The writing is really important if you want your research to have meaning and value to your family. Most people need something in narrative form (not just names and dates) to understand their family history. I wrote a book on my maternal family history, tracing them from the late 1600s in Italy through their immigration and assimilation in America, and was pleasantly surprised by how many family members of all types wanted to read it and have copies to pass on to their children and grandchildren. I am proud to say that my book was accepted into the Library of Congress and will be a permanent record.

Yvonne Farrell says:

Listing categories of subjects – such as countries from which your ancestors immigrated, military service, etc, helps organize research on paper too.

Becky Ewing says:

One that I was surprised you didn't mention was Always look at the image if there is one, not just the transcription. Quite often, there are transcriptional errors that can cause a correct record to be disregarded.

ted brown says:

If you make a book or have a book made of your genealogy then you will have a record that outlives you. I did and now have a 400 page family history book that dates back to the 1500's.

Enna Sus says:

I started recently to bring all the data I found about one ancestor together on one word document. I listed dates, names and dates of children and put the sources in the footnotes. I use the comment function to right questions and clues. For example on the death certificate were listet all living children at the date of death by the reverend of the church. But one child, my ancestor who was still alive at that point, was not mentioned. Was it because he lived elsewhere and the reverend didn't know him? Or had he become estranged? Why? Or did he not belong to that family entirely and my research result was wrong? So I already have my research questions ready for my next session. Thank you for all your tipps, Amy! They are a great help and a strong source of motivation for me and for many others I bet!

Sandy Devisme says:

Great tips, and a few never crossed my mine to do.

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