IN THIS CHAPTER
Determining who to research first
Researching through interviews
Understanding the value of photos
It’s likely that one of the reasons you are reading this book is to learn how to record the history of your ancestors. In Chapter 1, we gave you some practical experience in documenting your life. This chapter presents skills for documenting the lives of your ancestors.
We know you are eager to find the juicy details of your ancestors’ lives and we don’t want to slow you down. However, it is important to understand a little about how to research before jumping in head first. To help, we introduce a few ideas here, and then, in your spare time, you can read Chapter 13 for more information on the research cycle.
To ensure you are getting the most out of your research and you don’t have to backtrack and research things again, it is a good idea to follow a research plan. We’ve come up with the Helm Online Family Tree Research Cycle to help you along the path. The Cycle contains six basic steps — planning, collecting, researching, consolidating, validating, and distilling. We cover each ...