- Analyze your pedigree and choose a question
- Formulate a research objective
- Write down your objective
- When was my ancestor born, married, or died?
- Who were my ancestor's parents, siblings or children?
- Did my ancestor take part in a key historical time period or event?
- Where did my ancestor(s) come from or live?
- Why did my ancestor move to or from a specific location?
- Identify An Individual
- Prove a Family Relationship
- Discover Ancestor Actions
- Full names
- Places of events such as birth, marriage and death
This question falls in the category of proving a family relationship.
Having my research objective, with key identifiers, written down and easily accessible in a document I was going to be using throughout my entire research process kept me focused and accountable to myself. It was a constant reminder of exactly what question I was trying to answer. Having it written down and visible was also a helpful reminder to stay on track with my research and not get too distracted by those bright shiny objects (BSO).