If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re not going to get there. If you don’t know where you’ve been, you’re almost guaranteed to go in circles, and repeat unnecessary searches, genealogically speaking. Only by using materials which help you organize, analyze, and plan can you successfully build your correct family tree. The following are crucial tools which must be used to accomplish your goal of successful family tree building, no matter which country of the world your ancestors lived in: • Family tree charts • Family sheets • Research Logs • Maps • A personal time line • An historical time line