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Construction worker with a blueprintThe Blueprint

You will also need a blueprint to keep yourself focused on your ultimate objective. Your blueprint is your research planner which incorporates your overall research strategies. The more detailed your blueprint is, the easier it will be to build exactly what you want. Likewise the better your research plan is, the easier it will be to follow and record all of the clues you will find.

Training and Experience

Even more analogies come to mind if you think about it. Trained genealogical teachers, mentors, and professionals can become your building inspectors. Each part of your research can represent a part of your building. However, without good building materials your structure will be flawed from the beginning. What are the building materials for our family histories? They are the many record groups that genealogists use.

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