27 June 2012

The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists

Every genealogist I have ever met is always striving to be “better.”

Maybe some of these skills found on Genealogy Today will help you do so!

Becoming a successful family genealogist means more than just looking up your ancestors online or in records at the courthouse. To succeed at this gigantic and often frustrating endeavor without going mad you'll need some essential skills. Some of these you probably have already while others will take some time to develop.

First and foremost, you have to have a consistent plan of attack in both your research and the compilation of the facts you gather. Consistency applies to everything from note taking to numbers and dates to names ... Copy names as you find them, even if they're abbreviated, and make a note where you found them.

You'll need to get the cooperation of a lot of people in your genealogical quest. A little politeness goes a long way ...

Which skill do you consider most essential?  Was one of the listed skills something you’ve just kind of ignored in the past and won’t now?

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