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Friday, November 25, 2005

Top Ten Worst Genealogy Tips

10. Start with your earliest ancestor and work forward.

9. Verify any information that you find in a book by checking a second copy.

8. Soundex is for suckers.

7. Proper cemetery research requires a pen and paper, a digital camera, and a sturdy shovel.

6. If you cite your sources, the terrorists win.

5. When entering the National Archives, assure the security guards that you're not concealing WMD in your underwear.

4. Town clerks appreciate unsolicited hugs.

3. To preserve your family's precious documents, soak them overnight in Worcestershire sauce.

2. When submitting a DNA sample, it's best to include the entire thumb.

1. Dates are optional.

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