Beginner Mistakes and How to Avoid Them [video]

by Amy Johnson Crow | Oct 9, 2013

Amy Johnson Crow

There are countless reasons why people begin to trace their family history. It might be to confirm (or refute) a family legend. It might be to learn more about their cultural heritage. Some want to learn about their medical history. Regardless of the reason why they started, there are some common traps that beginners fall into. The important thing is to get out of these traps!

Most of the mistakes that beginners make are related to speed. It's understandable. It's exciting to find details about your ancestors! But being too fast will only make your research go slower and be frustrating in the long run. You'll end up accepting information that isn't accurate. You'll also miss important clues in various records. 

In this video, we'll talk about some of the common mistakes that beginning (and even more experienced) genealogists make and what you can do to avoid them. If you've made some of these mistakes, it's alright. We've all been there. But it's never too late to avoid these traps!

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