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08 April 2014

Are Your Wheels Spinning?

All of at some point in our genealogical lives have "gathered everything" we could on a last name or a person. But at a certain point, one has to stop gathering and start asking:

  • do I have the same person?
  • are these materials consistent?
  • what other records do these items suggest?
  • what are my research goals?
Sometimes when it feels like you are spinning your wheels, it's time to stop gunning the motor, get out of the vehicle, and see if there's some way to dig yourself out.

Hitting the gas again may just get you deeper in that spot. You may not have a brick wall...you may have  mud hole. 

1 comment:

  1. EXCELLENT! One of the steps in resolving a brick wall is taking a step back, going over everything you have already collected and reanalyzing it. I love your mud hole analogy!