Looking back at my years of doing genealogy research, I can see several mistakes I wish I wouldn’t have made. Some of them were serious enough that it makes me cringe just a bit to think of them. Some of my mistakes were not so bad, such as not creating a good workable record keeping system for keeping my records neat and organized. I always knew which box each file was in but it sometimes took me a while to find the exact document I was looking for. But a few were quite serious, such as the time I didn’t bother to double check some information that someone sent me which resulted in me doing research down a wrong family line. Every time I think about that mistake I am reminded of my high school days when my mother would scold me, “What! You don’t have time to do it right the first time but you have time to do it all over again?”
The FamilySearch Learning Center has a great 30 minute video that talks about common mistakes beginning genealogist often make and discusses how to avoid making those mistakes. The video is titled If I’d Only Known! Beginner Genealogy Mistakes. I recommend this video not just to beginning genealogists but to anyone doing genealogy research. Yes, that means those of us who have been doing research for decades. This video serves as a great reminder of mistakes that even the seasoned genealogist make from time to time.