Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesdays Tip...Leave no stone unturned

From Geneabloggers
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.


  1. absolutely, also, you research the census for others from the same area. Or nationality. sometimes they kind of follow the person on the ship with them, or their suggestions. You definately check the early ancestors neighbors. And don't forget the churches they all belonged to or help set up and the organizations they belonged too. I am sure you said cemeteries.