Planning for Genealogical Success

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^ Using the Helm Family Tree Research Cycle ^ Taking your time ll great projects start with a plan, right? Starting a genealogical project is no exception. A well thought-out plan can help you make efficient use of your time and keep you focused on the goals that you have set for a particular research session. Now, we realize that not everyone enjoys coming up with a plan. Finding your ancestors is the fun part — not the planning. So, to help speed things along, we've come up with a basic process that we hope helps you make the most of your research time.

This chapter covers some of the basic things to keep in mind when you begin your research journey and offers some tips on what you can do when you hit research bumps along the way. Also, we provide some hints on how to select that first ancestor to kick off your genealogical pursuit.

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