Genealogy: 9 tips to focusing family history research

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    Sept. 30, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    Sego Lilly, that's true unless you have 7 or more generations on your direct line already completed and several lines dead-ended. In that case, you can make a great contribution by going back to a distant ancestor and working forward. It's called descendancy research, which FamilySearch supports.

  • Sego Lilly Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 12:03 a.m.

    Start with YOURSELF and work back,You, parents and their sibling and children, grandparents with their siblings and children, greatgrandparents with their siblings and children Don't pick a surname and work from that you will get lost and in a huge mess. Even the Family History Library and Familysearch will tell you to start with yourself and work back.

  • iNKSpot Wilsonville, OR
    Sept. 28, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    Pray that you do not have ancestors from the Middle East. FamilySearch has few resources for the region and do not send digitizing teams there. So, you spend thousands of dollars in tuition and thousands of hours learning Arabic and more thousands in travel expense. When you get back home to submit the names for ordinances, you find the system clamps down on your names and requires you to prove how you are related to these people. So, you submit all the names for review. When you don't hear back for a year, you inquire and find out you must submit nor more than 10 names at a time. It's quite another matter if you want to do the work for a beloved Canadian school teacher (See "To the Rescue," p. 182). In short, few resources available locally and more rigid policies when you want to submit names for ordinances.