December 2003, V2#12: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Use any information you can find through LDS as a starting point.  Information supplied by members are not always totally documented.  Always construct your own burden of proof.

November 2003, V2#11: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

If you haven’t done so already, check for resources available in your area you need researched – the same for

September 2003, V2#9: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Make reservations to attend our bi-annual genealogy retreat.

July 2003, V2#7: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

While becoming that student of history we have already suggested, is your lost ancestor in America during the time the US was giving out free land to it’s citizens?  If so, your next stop should be the homestead records!  This little utilized collection of documents and information is housed at the national archives and has not been reproduced or indexed in any wide reaching way.  The Homestead National Monument has begun exploring the best way to augment NARA general paper preservation process by replicating them in Nebraska.

June 2003, V2#6: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Basic research rule that is most commonly overlooked – no matter how much material you check, keep a record of what you have checked.

Basic research rule that is almost as most commonly overlooked – cite your sources.  Make sure when you locate a document, reference, or listing that you take detailed information about not only what reference you were using, but where and when it was found.

Keep these rules in mind and your search may be a much more orderly and enjoyable experience :o)

May 2003, V2#5: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

If you have a family story stating you are related to a certain person (Daniel Boon, Thomas Jefferson, King Henry VIII, etc.). but have not been able to get your research back in time past a certain ancestor, don’t fall into the “missing link” trap.  Many genealogists, especially those who have taken up research without any training or guidance will simply skip this lost ancestor and pick up research with who they “are sure” is this ancestor’s parents.  People have done untold research on other people’s families in this manner – not their own.  While it is tempting to try and “reverse engineer” the pedigree in this manner, it rarely works.

April 2003, V2#4: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

If you are stumped – another lost ancestor – renew your efforts to find further documentation on the family members you have verified.  One never knows when a notation in records for children, brothers, etc. will give your the lead you need to locate that lost link.

March 2003, V2#3: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Though it is real easy, don’t fall into a “parent trap”.  While getting oral history including stories, dates, relations is an invaluable tool for the beginning genealogist (indeed, a great book starting activity), always take the time to obtain records for all information gained in this manner.  This record search can be something you do with the relative providing the information or independently.

February 2003, V2#2: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

For lost ancestors, have you tried looking in alternate church records?  While a family may be or have been devoutly a particular religion, especially during frontier settlement, they may have been a part of a different congregation.

January 2003, V2#1: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

If your lost ancestor is missing during a particular time period, find out if there are any lineal organizations for that time period such as Daughters/Sons/Children of the American Revolution (3 different organizations).  Contact a local chapter to see if they are able to help with your problem.

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