May 2005, V4#5: Genealogy Monday, Jan 5 2009 

Still looking for that lost ancestor?  When you run across the right surname in a general area at the correct time, never discard this information.  This data may be the same family (yea!) or different (boo!), but one can rarely tell when finding the data originally.  Likewise, a group that appears not to be related when the information is found, may be related and you uncover the link ten years later.  Don’t rely on research data sheets to go back and find information you uncovered 20 years ago: records get misplaced, misfiled, moved, go through natural deterioration, in some cases are discarded or destroyed, not to mention acts of God or vandalism.

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.