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06 May 2014

Before You Write that Soap Opera

Often the real story is the simplest explanation. Before you dream up some great drama to explain your ancestor's life, lack of records, or sudden "appearance," consider that there may be something about the history of the era, culture, or the location that you do not know. It's also possible that your ancestor simply didn't leave records or avoided the clerk for one reason or another.

Unusual things do happen, but try and have some evidence that your ancestor was living in a dramatic soap opera before writing their personal screen play.

1 comment:

  1. On the other hand, don't discount the possibility. I let denial make a brick wall for me. I got over it, accepted the circumstantial evidence, looked for facts, and now that branch is complete.