Guide for Beginners

Biggest Mistakes:

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 regarding research
Not "mowing the lawn"
Getting Discouraged

Not using records study guides and online tutorials

Online Tutorials