But all kidding aside, each of us has a different way of approaching research. Some of us have a combination of methods we use.
I'm not referring to using the internet or tracking down certain records, but how we actually decide to go about our research with regard to the family tree itself. I have 3 different approaches.
1. Tackling the Brick Wall - I think all of us do this. We focus on our brick wall ancestors and sometimes devote hours, days, weeks, even months and years to them. I have a few, most of whom are immigrant ancestors. When I work specifically on them, they are the sole focus of my research. However, I always take a break, so I can come back with fresh eyes a few times a year.
2. One Branch at a Time - Roughly 4 times a year, I climb my entire family tree, from me, up through each and every single ancestor. It leads me to those brick wall ancestors, to whom I devote extra time and energy, and to those loose ends...
3. Tying up Loose Ends - These are the people who just need the smallest amount of research to verify dates and places. Usually I find them in my Massachusetts ancestors in the 1600's. I'll admit, this is where I get lazy, and I need to do a better job of rounding out these entries in my family tree with complete information.
This is how I work may way through my family.
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