Family history tips and tricks

Having spent many, many hours putting together this site, and researching the Doodson family name (as well as other surnames for friends and family), I thought it'd be useful to share some tips and tricks. It's dead easy to waste lots of time if you don't know what to look for, and easy to reach wrong conclusions about relationships if you aren't aware of some of the problems with records, and methods for proving relationships.

Two pages of tips:

Building your family tree - how to approach your family tree research
Family trees options - alternative approaches to drawing your family relationships and why I chose the type of tree on this web site.