(And how to avoid them)

Family History Pitfalls by Stella Budrikis

‘Hazardous’ is not a term usually associated with family history research. But families involve relationships, and relationships can be the source of many emotional hazards.

Family history research also involves (obviously) history. Our forebears seldom had us in mind when they went about recording, or hiding, the details of their lives. The joy of discovering new information is often balanced by the frustrations of trying to decipher and interpret it

This short and mostly light-hearted pdf booklet covers some of the unexpected issues that crop up when you become your family’s historian:

  • what if Grandma’s memories or the cherished family legends prove to be untrue?
  • how reliable are those online family trees and genealogy websites?
  • what if even the official records aren’t accurate?
  • what if no-one in your family wants to know about what you’ve discovered?

The booklet was originally titled “Are You Sure Dear?” I wrote it as a thank you gift for those who join my Readers List. To receive your free copy and be added as a subscriber to my monthly newsletter, The Scribbler, just leave your name and email address below. You can unsubscribe at any time, and keep the book, but I hope you’ll want to stay.

Subscribe now