Josh's sessions for the day included: The Modern Genealogist: Timesaving Tips for Every Genealogist, Newspapers in Your Research, Bridging the Gap: Tracing Families in the U.S. between 1780 and 1830 and a session on advanced internet searching. A few memorable tips from Josh:
- The importance of a research log! He admits it can be exhausting, but is invaluable to your organization and time management. It'll save you time with citations and help future generations track where you found your evidence.
- Create goals and commit to a finished product. Another tip for managing your time. If you can stick to researching only one or two families at a time, your research will be more productive.
- Josh mentioned searching newspapers for the stores in the town your ancestor lived. They no doubt visited to purchase supplies and someone in the owner's family may still have the ledger. Could provide some interesting hints to your ancestor's life.
- He also keeps a database of families he's not related to, but have connections to his family. This could be neighbors, associates, witnesses to various probate related signings... if you lose track of your ancestor, you may be able to find them by following the trail of the non-related families. (Josh is a fan of Excel spreadsheets for this type of thing)