After years of work and some false starts, I was able to add the names of a new-to-me fourth-great-grandfather and his parents to my family tree. It’s been many years since I had a new name to add and it’s time for me to go back and do some of those beginning things when I’ve located a new ancestor.
Briefly those things are:
- familiarize myself with the geographic area in which the families lived, the history, and the extant sources.
- search the genealogical literature for articles on these families.
- review my autosomal DNA matches to see if there are trees that include these families.
- evaluate information on these “new” ancestors to make certain that the information makes sense, is consistent, and does not have gaps in logic or reasoning.
- update my genealogical files to include the new information.
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