You've completed Genealogy 101! I hope you enjoyed this course and were able to make significant progress in your genealogy journey. Here's how you can continue your research:
Trace your family back even further
While working your way through this course, you may have only explored a few generations beyond your parents. But I challenge you to continue going back further and further in your family timeline. Can you trace your ancestry back to before the 1800s?
This requires some pretty advanced research skills, but you can try to apply what you've learned in creative ways, such as looking through tax records, real estate documents, and travel documents.
If this is your plan, check out my recommended reading below for some resources on this.
Plan a genealogy-focused trip
For those of you who are very serious about genealogy, you may make it a priority to go to one of the places your ancestors may have come from. Not only may you be able to access rare archives or databases, but you can walk in the steps of your ancestors (and add to your narrative!). I'm traveling to Italy next year with my mother and brother for this very reason, and I can't wait to visit some of the places my mother's family lived.
This also allows you to get in touch with locals from that place. If a language barrier was an obstacle you encountered, this is an opportunity to have local experts assist you. More likely than not, they'll be happy to help you preserve their culture and history.
Share your expertise with others
One of the best ways to learn more about research is to help others with their research. Now that you have some experience searching through archives and documenting your findings, consider participating in genealogy beyond your own family.
Be active on genealogy forums and see if you can help beginners overcome their obstacles. As a former professor of mine used to say: You may not be an expert yet, but you certainly have expertise! While helping others with their research, you may uncover strategies or sources you hadn't considered before.
Here are some books and resources that will guide your future research.
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques | Drew Smith + George G. Morgan
Genealogy Online, Tenth Edition | Elizabeth Crowe
The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy | Val D. Greenwood
Genealogy: Tips for when you're stuck in the 19th century | via Huffington Post
SteveMorse.org | An excellent, comprehensive list of resources
Olive Tree Genealogy | Ship records from the 1700s
Advanced Genealogy Numbering Systems | via Cyndi's List
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