Genealogy Research Tips

Genealogy Research Tips

genealogy research tips

We have previously posted about useful genealogy research tips for beginners however, even our most seasoned of genealogists need help from time to time. With that being said, we have mustered up some of what we think are the most useful tips when it comes to genealogy research.

Break through the Brick Walls

Brick walls can pop up at any time whilst on your genealogical search, so it is important to know how to master getting around them. Some quick tips for getting around them include:

  • Re-examine your current work for new branches
  • Search all available sources
  • Name variations
  • Collateral Lines
  • Social History

We cover all of these points in more detail when we originally discussed how to get past brick walls. But most importantly, never give up when you reach your first brick wall!

Search Specific Locations

We have discussed county classifications in the past, however, if you are only searching on a county level, you aren’t doing it right! The more narrow your search, the more likely you are to find a relevant result. Try searching for records at a town level as oppose to a county level to find more relevant results!

Try Online and Offline Resources

The internet is one of the most influential inventions in history and has become an essential resource for information. It is packed with documents, certificates and other origins of information. However, there was life before the internet too! Check for tactile records in the library, town halls and local churches.

Focus on One Piece of Info

It is very easy to be overwhelmed by a lot of information at once, especially if you are at the start of your genealogy adventure. It is important to focus on one piece of information at a time and ensure that that piece of information is noted down correctly. Once this has been documented, you can move onto the next piece of information and so forth.

Writing down the correct piece of information is imperative to ensure that your family tree is accurate.

Use your actual Family

When you are first starting out, obtain a foundation for your search by asking existing relatives about what they know. They can provide you with hopefully excellent starting blocks to venture further into. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles whoever you think may be a great help, ask them! The worst they can do is say they don’t know anyone!

Use these Tips to help you

These tips are always great advice to come back to if you ever get stuck on your genealogical adventure. Or, another excellent resource is British Genealogy’s very own forum. All you have to do is sign up for a free account and ask away! But remember, follow these tips to get the most out of a genealogy forum!