I’m always telling folks that once you get the “genealogy bug” it is ADDICTIVE. As a hobby, it can be fascinating as well as frustrating but very addictive. Each step you take in researching your family can lead you to new ancestors. Sometimes you may even find stories about your ancestors and sometimes you may find things you might rather not know. If you are new to genealogy research or even if you are an old timer, there are ten key mistakes you might want to avoid to make your search successful.
Kimberly Powell advises:
Don’t Forget Your Living Relatives – YOUR family members are YOUR most important source, and often the only source for the stories which bring our family history to life. Make sure you talk to them BEFORE they are gone.
Don’t Trust Everything You See in Print - In your searching, you may have come across a written genealogy on your family or a family tree on the Internet. Just because it has been written down or published does not necessarily mean that it is correct. Everyone from professional genealogists to your own family members can make mistakes! Transcriptions of various records – censuses, cemetery records, wills, etc can also contain errors. How many times have you seen a census record that was transcribed and then looked at the actual records and found something totally different? The Internet is a valuable genealogy research tool, but Internet data, like other published sources, should be approached with skepticism.It too can contain errors and in some cases is totally wrong.