Waste Not, Want Not
Don't waste your money on sham genealogy products and services.
Along with these strategies, remember the number-one rule of family history frugality: Don't waste your money. Wouldn't you hate to squander your hard-earned funds on sham products and services?

Unfortunately, genealogy isn't immune to scam artists — a fact some family historians have learned the hard way. Lured by Web sites and e-mails promising access to millions of genealogical records, they've shelled out big bucks to discover information they could have gotten for free.

A good example is a string of Web sites, including Genealogy Techs <www.genealogytechs.net>, that offer either online subscriptions or CD-ROMs with links to "hundreds of databases." Buyer beware: There's nothing special about those links — you could find the databases just as easily by browsing Cyndi's List of genealogy Web sites <www.cyndislist.com> or reading Family Tree Magazine's annual 101 Best Web Sites list. The owner of the scam sites has since been charged with several felonies. And although Genealogy Techs is still online, it no longer accepts payments.