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04 February 2013

Put It In Chronology

Events are rarely listed on documents in the order in which they took place. Chronologies have been discussed in "Tip of the Day" before, but the suggestion bears repeating. When I was reviewing settlement dates on Bureau of Land Management tract books, I didn't notice settlement trends as easily as when I started putting the dates in chronological order. 

The books are organized geographically for understandable reasons. Chronological order makes it easier to notice trends that geographical organization tends to hide.

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