Chapter 1

Beginning a Genealogy Project

An old Chinese saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” To paraphrase the Chinese, a journey of a thousand names begins with a single one: yours. If you are just starting your genealogy, with or without the Internet, the process is simple, if endlessly fascinating. This chapter will help you understand that process.

Organize from the Beginning

Friends often call to ask me, “Okay, I want to start my genealogy. What do I do?” The process of genealogy has these basic steps: Look at what you already know, record it, decide what you need to know next, research and query to track that information, analyze the new data, and then do it all again.

Experienced genealogists are more ...

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