It is hard for me to understand that while it is winter here where I live it is summer in Australia. Even within the United States the climate can be very different. When I lived in North Dakota, we had extreme winters but here in Georgia it is very mild. Another thing that is different in different places is what records are available. The types of records you will find in Wyoming are VERY different than you will find in Massachusetts. That is why it is so important to take the time to really investigate what is available in the area you are researching. I normally research in the deep south. If my research took a detour to New Hampshire the first thing I would do is look in my reference books to see what sorts of records were kept up there. New England had a completely different record keeping system. Many of their records were generated and held at the town level which isn't the case here in the south. There was also much more of an emphasis put on the documentation of vital records than down here. If I assumed that New Hampshire had all of the same record sets that Georgia has then I would miss a ton of information. One thing we have here in Georgia that many other places don't have are Colonial Records. This is a very important record set for Georgia. The types of land records you will find will be different in different places. You need a good basic reference book like the RedBook, American State, County, and Town Sources or The Handybook for Genealogists. Once you have a general idea of what might be available, you can then do more specific research at the state archives and in the Family History Library's Card Catalog.
P.S. We are still hoping for some snow here in Georgia
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