Since I love getting genealogy advice, I'm asking for you to let me know what (in your mind) the best piece of genealogy advice you ever got was. It can be as broad and basic as "start with yourself and work your way back" or much more specific . It can be one sentence or a long paragraph. It can be something that you heard or read and were struck by and have taken to heart or a piece of advice that was passed on to you. It can be something well known that has stood the test of time or it can be advice for genealogy in the 21st Century. It can even be something that you just thought up 10 seconds ago! Here is some of the best I have come across:
On Lineage Societies:
"Start small and build up to the big leagues. Go after a pioneer or century certificate from one of the counties an ancestor settled in before tackling something like the DAR on your first run." - a kind lady from a local genealogy society event I went to
On Early Ancestors and Places:
"Keep a list (and check it often) of when US states and counties were formed that pertain to your research. You don't want to waste time looking for someone in a place that didn't exist yet. " - a distant cousin of mine, one of the first pieces of advice I ever got
On a General Outlook/Words to Live By:
"One of the biggest mistakes that the genealogist makes is to erect ethnic or religious walls around them self... the records themselves weren't segregated... Our ancestors lived cheek and jowl, they shared a world, they interacted, they created records together..."- Elizabeth Shown Mills, in this video (actually, the entire video is some of the best genealogy advice you'll ever hear)
These are just some of my favorites and are words of wisdom that have stayed with me. So I told you some of mine, what are yours?