March 24, 2008

Genealogy research is not just for pros

The following item appeared in The News Star, a daily newspaper published in Northeast Louisiana, on Monday, Mar. 24, 2008. It was written by Lora Peppers of the Ouachita Parish Public Library's Genealogy Department.

"Genealogy is one of the fastest growing pastimes in the United States today. It preserves family ties and provides a legacy for future generations. The following suggestions will aid you in tracing your lineage and provide guidelines for compiling your family tree information. Good luck in your search!

The first and most basic principle in doing genealogy research is to always begin with yourself and work back in time. Never try to trace your line from a known person down to yourself. It may turn out that you are not actually related to George Washington, and you will have wasted hours of research!"

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