The reality is that there is no trick or instant solution to genealogical research problems. However, generally speaking the following approaches are helpful:

  • citing your sources;
  • learning as much as you can about all the records in the area;
  • learning the history of the area;
  • having contemporary maps;
  • obtaining as many records as possible;
  • using compiled sources (published genealogy books, online trees, etc. ) as stepping stones to original records;
  • realizing assumptions may not be true;
  • continuing to learn about genealogical research in general;
  • proofing and double checking your work.

Not one trick and not a guarantee, but these general suggestions will go a long way.



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