Checking Other Research

Before even starting your research, or as soon as you have built up some information, you should try and find out if anyone else has researched your family. Even if you don't find someone else who has researched your family, you should keep on checking, particularly as your research progresses and you start adding surnames to your genealogy.

Nothing can be worse than working in isolation on your family for years and then discovering that someone else has done the work before you.

By the same token you should also try and make contact with others who may be in the process of researching your or an allied family with a view to sharing information. You will discover that genealogists are a friendly bunch and are always open to sharing information and of course costs.