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The Weekend Genealogist
No time to research your roots? Find your family history faster with these 5 time-saving tips.
Even if you can squeeze in your family history search only on weekends, you can still make progress toward your past — if you know how to make the most of your time. These five time-saving tips can help you organize your research and get more done by tapping the Internet, plain old “snail mail,” research facilities and fellow genealogists. Approach your roots research with these tips up your sleeve, and you'll discover just how much weekend genealogists can accomplish with their family trees.

1. Make the US Postal Service work for you.

Requesting information and records by mail can save you hours of research time. If documents can be delivered to your door, why spend precious time looking them up yourself? Preserve those hours for items that are not indexed or available by mail. Before hauling yourself somewhere, find out what copies will cost, whether documents can be photocopied and mailed to you, forms of payment and policies regarding faxed or e-mailed requests.

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