I’m thinking about the advice and tips I learned from those that came before me. In genealogy it is about paths already taken. Sometimes those paths are straight and sometimes they twist and turn. That basic classic advice however, that is pure gold. Those are the tracks that play through my head when I log onto my accounts and do basic functions.
I NEVER FORGET THESE BITS OF ADVICE.
- Save your work to more than one place. Save it often. Do you want to feel absolutely ill? Don’t save your work and have everything you’ve work years on crash and burn. It makes me ill just thinking about it.
- Screen Shot New Matches. Screen shoot them in context to other matches. Especially if it is a close match I screen shoot the match, then I screen shoot them in context with the mutual matches. Sometimes people have cold feet after test, they don’t understand how this works and then they delete their kit. Screen shooting their match saves it for future reference.
- Screen Shoot Family Trees that have key information. Someone may make the information private and you will lose that opportunity to have additional sources. By screen shooting you can go back at your leisure and confirm the information.
- Verify Before Copying. If this happened it would be happier mutual tree world. I thought when I started that everyone verified details in their trees. Well, that’s not the case. It’s up to you to verify everything that goes into your tree.
- Find alternate methods to contact matches. Sometimes the messaging system works sometimes it doesn’t on Ancestry. I don’t know what the magic formula is. Finding alternative methods is a great way to have actual contact with matches, but don’t freak them out. Facebook, email, even a phone call, or an old fashion letter may work. I remember my Mom writing letters to relatives asking for research help back in the 70s, aw the smell of shag and penny stamps…
Listen to the advice of those that have come before you, they know what they are doing and want to help you. If not for remembering their advice I would have lost valuable information more than once.