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Buffets are so cool. I’m usually assured that I will find something I like. I can try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. And if I really like something, I can go back for seconds. [Calories aren’t counted at buffets, right?].
And I would imagine that an American buffet would be neat for someone not from America to taste test our food for the first time ~ to see what they like and what they don’t like. Because of the variety, they are reasonably assured they will come away from the buffet with some new “likes” in the food department.
And this is the same reason a newbie to genealogy usually comes away from their experience, at least the first time, from Ancestry.com. Happy. The online database at Ancestry.com is not only huge, it’s varied. A newbie is more likely to come away at least a little bit happy. Satisfied, even.
But? Did the newbie see everything? Did they find everything? Did they go back a second time to see if the ‘buffet’ had been changed up? Was it chicken fried steak they had last time, or was it [Gasp!] actually liver? Did they even think about trying a new buffet up the street?
Nowadays, online databases are integral for doing genealogy research, but there are some tips and tricks to using them that every newbie should know so they can truly come away from the experience knowing they fully experienced the buffet to their ultimate satisfaction, and that they can fully plan their next buffet trip, wherever it may be.
Next Hints & Tricks post? Top 10 Tips to Using Ancestry.com for the Newbie Genealogist.