FOR NOVICES !THIS IS WHAT THE EXPERIENCED GENEALOGIST HAS TO TEACH YOU (or)

MURPHY'S 12 LAWS AS APPLIED TO GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

1- The family you are looking for

will be on the last page

of the unindexed (of course) census

film that you check.

However, if you begin at the end of the

roll, they will be on Page 1.

2- The microfilm that you have

diligently searched page-by-page

will have an index at the end.

3- All of your spouse's ancestors will be mentioned in

county histories. None of yours will be.

4- If you need just one record, the microfilm will

have page numbers. If you need 3 or more records, there won't be any

page numbers and the records will not be in proper order.

5- The book you need most will be out being rebound.

6- You will need item 23 on a microfilm roll that has

22 items. The rest of the film is continued on another roll that will

not be in the drawer, and the librarian will tell you that it is

missing, and presumed lost."

7- Just before the entry you need, the records will

end. They will begin again two years after the date you need.

8- If one brother is left out of the genealogy of a

family, guess whose ancestor he will be?

9- If there is a family history on one branch of the

family -- it won't be yours.

10- When you finally find the microfilmed probate

records of your missing link to a rich and/or famous line, the book will

be so tightly bound that you can only make out the first two

letters of the name of the one who MAY be your ancestor.

11- The researcher you hire to read the original

records at the courthouse will inform you that only the particular

probate packet you need is missing.

12- During the last hour of your trip to the Family History

Library in Salt Lake City you will find everything you've

hunted all week for, but you won't have time to copy it.

(Courtesy:-Webmaster of the Dutch Society for Jewish Genealogy-Forwarded E-Mail)

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