“Planning for Success: Genealogy Research Plans,” by Beth Benko

Mar 17 Topic:  Planning for Success:  Genealogy Research Plans, by Beth Benko

Successful genealogical research requires posing specific questions about the research subject, carefully analyzing known “facts,” thinking strategically about where to find answers and documenting a plan for all of the preceding. Google-ing an ancestor’s name or searching a large collection of databases at a well-known website (e.g. FamilySearch or Ancestry) may lead to success in gathering easy-to-find data, but complex research questions will require a more formal process for developing and executing research plans.


Beth Benko is a professional genealogist providing family history research for clients and lecturing to local organizations. Beth holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Computer Science. She worked as a software developer and manager for 30 years before leaving the corporate world to pursue her interests in family history. Beth is an officer and volunteer in several local genealogical societies, a volunteer at NARA and Denver Public Library, and a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.