Research Guides

This section is intended to provide some guidance on some of the “how to” type questions of genealogical research.

Before starting your family tree, there are a few things you should consider. If you don’t have a plan, or some method of organizing yourself right from the beginning, you will find yourself bogged down in a pile of paper, or spending time researching the same things more than once.

Learn how to keep track of where you found each piece of information by citing your sources. Become familiar with genealogical standards of proof in order to draw reasonable conclusions based on the information you have found. Learn what to do when you have conflicting information. Before you publish, are there any questions of copyright infringement? Think about the ethics of what you are trying to achieve. Search out the facts and you will show respect for your ancestors. Document those facts, and you will show respect for other genealogists. The following links will help you navigate through these types of issues.