Note: The tips in this article are as valid today as ever for genealogical and family history research. This article has been reprinted many times, often without credit, but was originally written by Margaret M. Sharon, and published in The British Columbia Genealogist, March 1988, Volume 17, No. 1, pp. 4-6. ©BCGS.
The following suggestions and recommendations will be helpful to novice genealogists and will hopefully prevent misfortune when beginning research. Many of the items are “old hat” to experienced genealogists, but it is always worthwhile to remind ourselves of the basics of sound research.