- Everyone has two parents - a father and a mother, although in today's times, there could be a birth mother, a sperm donor, a surrogate mother, adoptive parents of all stripes, step-parents, foster parents - you name it. Certainly a challenge these days for genealogy database software.
- Everyone has two significant genealogy events in their lifetimes - a birth and a death, and if we are lucky as researchers they are well documented and accurate.
- There are two huge websites containing document collections to research - Ancestry and FamilySearch. With respect to the others who are a bit smaller - these are the two that everyone should take advantage of - free or not.
- There are two types of document "formats" that more "modern" researchers almost always overlook - because they are more difficult to use - microfilm and original paper. A shame if you don't search them.
- There are two types of endeavors - labels actually, that folks get all fired up about calling themselves (or others) - genealogist and family historian. Why bother getting all charged up about a label? Who cares?
- Evidence, information, and sources come in twos - direct and indirect evidence, primary and secondary information, and original and derivative sources. It is essential to know the differences.
- Two people are better than one. Find your cousins - no matter how distant, no matter how cooperative or uncooperative they may be. You need them.
- There are two things to do when you discover a "crappy" family tree - use the information, no matter how poorly sourced - as hints; and don't get all ticked off at the person who created the crappy tree. They probably don't know any better, or don't care. Do you really think they had you in mind when they created (or copied) the crappy tree? If not, why get mad? It is not going to get any better. So adjust your attitude.
- There are two things (to me) that are the most important about family history - never stop researching; and write about the lives of your ancestors. Oh and have fun - oops that's three!
What other "twos" can you think of - and I'll bet you might have some comments about my list. Feel free to express yourself below.