Assuming you are related to a famous person who shares the same surname.
Ignoring the siblings of the ancestors you are researching.
Jumping to a conclusion based on insufficient evidence, keep copies of birth, death and other documents
Overlooking maiden names
Skipping a generation
Assuming a name is spelled only one way
Failing to recognize a misleading or unreliable internet website.
Being unaware that African American searches maybe located in the back of documents in a colored section of a record group. In the military, African Americans served in segregated units until the army was integrated in 1952.
Not understanding the history of a region ( Examples: United States South: during the Civil War documents were destroyed. In Europe: borders have shifted during and after wars .)
Getting Started with Your Research:
Keep a record of your research. You can use the ancestry.com form or any forms located on the Internet
Consult or interview family members.
Use your family bible or family records hidden in attics.
First rule of genealogical research is to start with yourself or a parent and work backwards.
The Federal Census was first conducted in 1790 and is conducted every ten years.
However, due to Federal Privacy laws, no federal records within a seventy two years period are open to the public.
Start with a family member with the 1940 census.
Many public libraries have a genealogy department and local historical records to help with your genealogy searches.
Scan or take digital photographs of family documents and family heirlooms that are held by your family members.