James Tanner, a lawyer and genealogist, has written a post which I believe should be required reading, especially for beginning genealogists.
Many people begin their genealogical quest with no instruction, background, or assistance in research methods. Some advertisements for genealogical websites give the impression that solid, grounded research is not needed to learn about your family history. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
In a few simple words on his blog, Genealogy’s Star, Mr. Tanner bares the monster of that flawed thinking for all to see. Head on over and check out his post, The genealogy video game.
When you have finished with that, take a look at a helpful post he recently made on how to obtain instruction to help you avoid being a game player.