Be a good tipper

We have a new feature we're adding to our growing blog - the family history tip!

Every time you see this symbol, it means we've found something useful we'd like to share to help those who are new to family history. While in production on The Generations Project, we learn many great new tips from the professional genealogists that we consult with. We also hope you'll contribute your favorite tips and tricks.

The whole mission of our TV series (and this blog) is to bring a fresh perspective to genealogy, and hopefully to be a point of entry for amateurs.

We want to show the world (especially young adults) how cool family history can be.

We want to focus on the stories behind all the online researching, microfiche, and treasure-hunting. We want to emphasize the emotional impact of family history. And we need your help to do that.

So we come to you, wise genealogist friends, to help us get this section started. Be a mentor to a younger researcher. If we post your family history tip, we'll credit you on our blog.

What tips do you have for people who are just becoming interested in family history?

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Jean-Fran├žois de Buren | August 2, 2010 at 11:11 AM

In my experience I would say that family stories are looking to be told, and I have felt my ancestors guiding me to them. If you are deeply passionate and open to the discovery, you will be amazed at what presents itself. I would also add that your work is relevant beyond your own interest. A complete stranger may be inspired by your work and decide to look at their own heritage, or your work will serve as identity touchstones for generations to come.

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