Tuesday’s Tip – What advice would you give to another genealogist or family historian, especially someone just starting out? Remember when you were new to genealogy? Wasn’t it great to find tips and tricks that worked for others? Post your best tips at your genealogy blog on Tuesday’s Tip. This series was suggested by Susan Petersen of Long Lost Relatives and, in fact, this has been an ongoing series by Lynn Palermo at The Armchair Genealogist and by Miriam Robbins Midkiff at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.
My best advice is leave no stone unturned. You want to wring every bit of information out of every document and written source. Use every clue to find new things to research. Don't just focus on your direct ancestor. You must research all their siblings and children and find out everything you can about every person in your tree. Don't overlook newspapers, city directories, school records, church minutes, county histories, pension files....basically, dont' overlook anything. Your people will pop up in the strangest places. That's most of the fun of it.