Analyzing Records


Articles about analyzing genealogy records


Moving Your Research Skills to the Next Level Using more than one genealogy record and examining the records carefully

Limits of Historical Records Some of the limitations of genealogy records explained

Limitations of Record Indexes Why you can't always rely on the index to find your ancestor

Focusing Your Research Tips for helping to keep your genealogy research goals in focus with so many records to choose from

Examine Inherited Pedigrees Carefully Questions you should ask if you are using a family tree given to you by someone else

Considering Name Spellings in Genealogy The spelling of your ancestor's name may not be what you think

Changing Place Names in Genealogy Research The names of places change over time and finding accurate ones is necessary

How You Know You Are Past the Introductory Stage in Genealogy Research Some indicators that you are no longer a beginner

Using Online Databases: from General to Specific Searches How to search from general to specific to get better search results in genealogy research

Bulldozer Genealogy Why sometimes you need to look at the records more closely

Dealing with Contradictory Evidence Help for evaluating genealogy records that have facts that contradict each other

Using Compiled Genealogies What to do if you find your genealogy in a book

Examining Dates Critically in Your Genealogy Research It's important to do the math and make sure your dates make sense

Finding Ancestors with Common Names Helps for identifying which person is your ancestor when they have common names

Why Do We Add Sources? The importance of recording sources as you do genealogy research

Can You Really Trace Your Genealogy Back to Adam? Why the answer is no


Other Topics

Locating Records

Analyzing Records

Record Sources

Brick Walls

Family History Stories

Encouragement

FamilySearch Family Tree

Especially for LDS Church Members