I’m inclined to think that there are not any “tricks” to genealogical research. To be certain occasionally we stumble upon something, but that’s usually because we are looking for something and we have the names in our head and we notice something.

Often what are called “tricks” are really just good ideas. They are not “magic.” Those ideas include:

  • Organizing materials as you find them.
  • Transcribing documents as you find them.
  • Using online trees as clues, not facts.
  • Identifying people on pictures when you can and as soon as possible.
  • Writing down your process so you can re-analyze it later.
  • Learning about multiple sources so you have more options.
  • Not jumping to conclusions.

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