Compare Genealogy to Putting Together a Puzzle
Think of your genealogy project as if it were a big puzzle.
Even puzzles start with a goal. We make a mental plan about what we want
to do. The majority of genealogy goals regardless of ethnic group focus
- Finding the parent's names.
- Finding an individual's birth date or place.
- Finding a marriage date or place.
- Finding a death date or place.
- Finding a spouse's name, or maiden name.
- Finding the names of siblings.
- Finding background information on the family.
- Finding information about the culture, environment,
geography, etc. that will lead to the above goals.
Step One: Organize & Set Goals - Lay out
the puzzle pieces to see what matches!
in genealogical research requires the careful planning and successful
recording of information. All you need is a spiral bound notebook
and a pencil to start. Put information about only one family on each page.
Later you can tear out the pages, sort the information by individual families,
then chronologically, and finally by goals in priority order. We thus
organize our thoughts about every individual we wish to research. We can
then take stock of the priorities we have left to accomplish, formalize
our plan of action by using a good Research Planner to record essential
information, and work our plan with confidence.