Tips on what to avoid when searching your family history.
We all make mistakes! The key to success in family history research, as in life, is to learn from them. In an effort to guide you through your genealogical journey, we have created this list containing the top five mistakes to avoid when researching your family tree.
Family names can be spelled in a variety of ways. Just because your family name has been spelled in a particular way for as long as you can remember doesnt mean it always has. Our ancestors, and indeed those people who entered information on our ancestors behalf, were not infallible. Mistakes in the recording of your family name may have created the family name you know today. Callaghan could be Callan, Dillane could be Dillon, Smith could be Smyth etc. Search for phonetic variations of your surname and use an asterisk to return more results. For example, searching (John*) will return results for John, Johnson etc.
Five Mistakes to Avoid
1. Assuming a family name is only spelled one way
2. Assuming you are related to a famous person
3 Researching the wrong family
4. Skipping a generation
5. Not documenting your sources
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