Rushing, poor documentation
Ignoring alternative spellings
Following wrong branch: copying
unsourced family files from the internet (Roots.
LDS, and Ancestry TREES)
Not exploring the "nugget" of truth in family stories
Not using memorabilia or exploring all theories
Not interviewing living family members and not finding
and/or working with cousins
Inflexibility with preconceived notions
Not being imaginative enough
Allowing the skeletons to "spook" you
Not being disciplined
Not "mowing the lawn"
Not using records study
guides and online tutorials