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14 November 2011

Clean Your Slate

If you are really stuck, consider starting over and documenting every piece of information from scratch. Don't throw away what you already have, but put it aside and start with the "most recent" facts and re-work your way through the research starting with your raw material from scratch.

It might even be advised to wait a few days before working on the family again to allow yourself time to forget some of the information.

Ask yourself along the way questions, including:

  • How do I know these two records refer to the same person?
  • Am I recording assumptions as facts?
  • Could I explain the research process to someone unfamiliar with the family?

It may seem like a lot of work, but sometimes it is what it takes.

1 comment:

  1. Sadly, I have found several families who have lots of wrong info on their trees. It is very important for one to acquire as many BMD's and Wills as one can afford, and of course the census. Without them, the family tree is a guessing game.