Genealogy is just as exciting as it is challenging. While learning about your family’s history is something that’s very rewarding, you should also be prepared for possible disappointments.
So if you’re planning to study your family’s history, consider these learning below for you to have the best possible genealogy experience.
1. Not everyone wants to do it.
Even if you’re excited to learn about your ancestors, some of your relatives are not. There are lots of things that happened in the past that can cause them their present discomfort.
So if there are some relatives that come hiding in their basement once you pull up, don’t force it. Just simply understand what they may still be going through until now.
2. Understand that people make mistakes
Census enumerators and others who record history are not perfect. Like the rest of us, they can end up making mistakes in the past and affecting your present now.
An example would be are misspelled last names of people. There could be others who you can be directly related to but would appear as opposite, as their last names are misspelled.
A transcriber can also make mistakes at any time so be open to it.
3. Have a scanner with you.
Remember that people aren’t always readily generous with their photos. If you’ll need them for your search, bring a scanner with you and produce your own copies. This gives you better opportunities at finding more refined results.
4. Share it with those interested.
While there are those that aren’t as excited as you, there are others who are looking forward with the results. So once you’re happy with what you end up gathering, be ready to share it with your relatives.
Genealogy gives families a great opportunity to get closer with their ancestors. Remember that it entails both risks and benefits so be prepared enough.