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General Research Tips

 

1 : Family historians should become accustomed to making the most of opportunites presented, very often the opportunity of being in the right place at the right time will not be repeated, grasp it whilst you can.
In order to be able to grasp these opportunities the family historian should remember the boy scout's motto "be prepared".

2 : Always make a note of all sources you have checked whether the source was productive or not, it is just as important to know that you checked a source and found nothing as it is to know it produced a result.

3 : Before visiting an archive, record office or library prepare yourself, be aware that the information available may also include details of ancillary lines, this information may turn out to be imperative later if the main line comes up against that proverbial brick wall, make brief notes what other records the archive holds

4 : When researching for female members of a family bear in mind that they change their names on marriage, it is surprising how many people overlook this point and waste valuable access time searching for a person with the wrong surname.

5 : Always reference any photocopies and print-outs with the archive, source, including page number if relevant and date.

6 : Before travelling to an archive etc. check they will be open, check also whether any form of identity is required to allow access. Allow extra time for passes to be processed if this is your first visit.

7 : If the library or archive has a selection of sources use this to your advantage. Eyes get tired reading microfilm/fiche for hours on end, give them a break by checking a written source for an hour or so before returning and completing the search, this will allow more research to be done in a set time.

8 : Never be afraid to search sources previously used, it is very easy after a few hours research to miss important records, go back at a later date and recheck, it will be worth it. When it is time to take a break or finish note which records you have used and at what point you ended your session, you may not remember where you got to when you next return.

9 : Try to plan your research, there is no point in searching a churchyard if the stones are going to be covered in deep snow or high grass, similarly record offices and archives have busy days plan to visit at the quietest times, the resources will be more readily available.

10 : Finally if you are travelling to research a particular item bring your notes with you. There is nothing more annoying than being faced with a choice of possible ancestors and picking the wrong one because some insignificant fact was sitting at home 50 miles away.