Tips for Beginners
Collect all you can from the sources you have immediately on hand. Speak to your relatives, but take what
they say with a grain of salt. Treat the information you get by word of mouth as clues, not fact! Not everyone's Blair ancestor fought at the Alamo!
The Blair's were not always too creative when it came to
handing out names. Even as far back as the 1700's there were dozens of Blair's
named Sam, John, James etc., so don't automatically assume that the Sam you find
is the Sam you are looking for.
Don't believe everything you read in print or
find on the internet! A huge amount of early (and new) research
has proven to be inaccurate. This same rule applies to
information you read in Obituaries and Biographical Sketches in
County Histories. These are excellent sources of information and
clues, just be aware they are often fraught with errors and
typos. Always try to verify the information you find in primary
sources...the more sources the better!
DON'T ASSUME! For instance: You find two Blair families in
the same county and you automatically want to assume they are related in some
fashion. They may well be, but prove it, don't assume it. This occurs quite
frequently because of similar migration patterns.
MOST IMPORTANTLY! FIND AN EXPERT ON BLAIR RESEARCH! The best
way to do this is to join the BLAIR SOCIETY FOR
GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH. The BSGR has members from beginners to experts and
welcomes them all! The BSGR database has 10's of thousands of Blair's and their
descendants already documented. If your line is not already included, it usually
just requires some research to get your line back to the mid to late 1800's to
connect with one of the BSGR documented lines. Why spend hundreds of dollars
repeating research that has already been done?
Useful Links for Beginers
GEN-Newbie-L Home Page
Cyndi's How To
Ancestry Home Town-Searchable Databases
Switchboard-USA phone directory
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