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.

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.

November 2002: V1#3: Genealogy Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Have you checked in adjoining counties and/or states (depending on where they were) for some record of lost ancestors?  In the past, it was common to go to the nearest (or in the case of mountains, rivers, etc.) place to record records, not necessarily the “correct” place.  In addition, what may be one county in this century, may not have been the same county in the time period you are looking in.