Well, rules might be a bit strict, but we do have some pretty tight guidelines that we like to follow when we’re doing genealogy research. We promise we use them most of the time.
You likely have your own set of rules and we’d love to hear them. What would you add to this list?
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12 Genealogy Research Rules
1. Always Cite Your Sources. Always.
2. Never, Ever Assume Another Researcher’s Information is 100% Correct
3. Remember That Every Name Has Variations, Check Them All
4. Never Copy Another Person’s Public Tree, Use it Only as a Helpful Aid
5. Share Freely With Others and They Will Share With You
6. Don’t Trust Your Assumptions, Only Sources
7. Check and Double Check Your Facts Before Recording or Sharing
8. Take a Second Look at Records, Your Answer May Be Right in Front of You
9. Don’t Limit Yourself to Only One or Two Research Sites, Look for Options
10. Go Offline or Order Hard Copies to Expand Your Research
11. Back Up Your Files Monthly, Keep at Least Two Copies of Your Research
12. Never Give Up: you may not find what you’re looking for but the journey is always worth the effort
Image: Preparation for point rationing. 1943. Library of Congress