Someone on The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group said that they were putting together a symposium presentation on what seasoned genealogist wished they had known when they first started out. I thought that would be a great subject for a blog post. I am going to give you my personal top ten list (not in any particular order).
- Sourcing EVERY fact.
- Keeping a research log.
- Keeping a correspondence log.
- Recording negative searches (part of the research log). I have looked at the same book twice many times.
- Scanning/transcribing/evaluating each piece of evidence as soon as it comes in instead of letting stuff pile up.
- Keeping everything organized. Having a consistent system so that you can find anything that you need to lay you hands on in a matter of seconds.
- Backing up data files frequently (I lost a lot of data once).
- Taking advantage of continuing education opportunities.
- Networking with other genealogists/joining genealogical societies.
- Interview relatives before it is too late.
Feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments for others to read.
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