Be patient when searching for your Family Records!
If you are planning to compile a family tree, you are going to need as many reliable family records as you can find. You need family records that will confirm who married who, where and when, and also when all your ancestors were born and when they died. Most of us don't have complete or even accurate family records, so in all likelihood you will have to rely on public documents and journals to some extent.
You can search for information on the Internet, but it can be quite frustrating if you are hoping not to have to pay for it. And before you do fork out hard earned cash, make sure there is a good chance that you will be getting the information that you need. For example, what often happens is that you will do a search for a particular person and you will be rewarded with hundreds of possible files that you can refer to, many of which you will be required to pay for. But nine times out of ten, you will find that either the timelines or the country of origin don't match your needs. So what's the point?
Another useful source of reference is to hitch up with a genealogical blog. If you are lucky you will find someone else who has been researching the same surname as you, and you can learn from one another. But it can often take quite a lot of time to find what you want. Sometimes you might find an old blog, and then you will have to wait in the hope that the other person logs onto that particular site and responds to your query.
Having talked about negative aspects that relate to compiling family trees, let's look at some positives.
There is nothing quite as exciting as finding out information about ancestors when you do find relevant documents and references. The secret is not to try and do it all in a limited period of time. Put out your feelers and work with other people who may be related to you, and might therefore also have access to your personal family records.