The Huff Method

The Huff Method is an improved way of doing genealogical research designed with efficiency at its core. It is named after Kent Huff, the man who developed the philosophies and techniques behind it. Its key principles are the following:

Key Principles

1. Make genealogy faster and easier by showing people a clear starting point, a specific path to follow, and a clear ending point.

2. Foster collaboration amongst genealogists working on the same surname line (using modern technology).

3. Ensuring that all genealogists are not duplicating each other’s work by creating a centralized database and registry.

The Seven Steps of The Huff Method

1. Select a surname line to work on.

2. Identify a capstone ancestor. A capstone ancestor is a male ancestor in which you are preparing to do a descendancy for.

3. See if this ancestor already exists in the database.

If yes – join the group and begin collaboration.

If no – register the surname group.

4. Add the capstone’s wife by seeing if she already exists in the database. If not, enter the information for her yourself.

5. Repeat this process for all of the capstone’s children.

6. Now add each son’s wife and children by seeing if they already exist in the database. If not, enter the information yourself. As the daughter’s husbands and children are not part of this surname group, there is no need to identify them now.

7. Repeat this process down to the current generation.

The Huff Method Video

To see The Huff Method explained by video, click below.