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Katie Quick Derby firstname.lastname@example.org WHERE TO GO WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH
Make a Timeline List an individual and all their vital information, with date and locations Fill in with every source that confirms a residence Include births of children and siblings with place, and deaths of spouses Printable forms available online
Analyze Timeline Look for gaps Identify sources that could fill in the gaps Look for things that look “off”
Keep a Research Log Forms available online or use spread sheet software Record NIL searches Note exactly what you looked for; people, spelling variations, locations Note if the database is being added to so you can remember to go back again in the future.
Define The Problem What you would like to know Why it is necessary to move on in the research of that line Break it down into smallest questions possible to define the “real” problem
Form a Hypothesis or Two If the “whys” don’t lead to something cut and dry, try guessing. Make them plausible and provable. Try to prove your guess right If you can’t prove it right can you prove it wrong?
Look At What You Already Have Go over all your research and make sure you didn’t leave out anything obvious. Scrub the documents Consider expanding completed searches with alternate locations, spelling variations, or people.
ID Helpful Records and Sources See if they exist: FHL Catalog, Research Guide, FS Research Wiki, networking, local libraries and collections, societies. Think of alternate groups that might have the record you are looking for. Relatives, societies, alumni groups, unions, newspaper archives
Follow Everyone No trail is cold until every name has been followed in every document, especially land and estate records Follow siblings and children, then the aunts, uncles, and cousins. Search for individual in the records of every new location and look for them in the background of documents for relatives.
Review the History Be familiar with the national history that would have affected your individual. Wars, famines, depressions etc. Study the local history for the known locations
Follow the Land Use Google Maps and look for historical maps Grantor/Grantee indexes for deeds Look for geographical clues Wording clues in deeds
Look for Clues in Wills and Estate Records Who’s missing? Who are the executors and witnesses? What can the types of inheritances say about relationships and circumstances?
Think About Motivation Education Opportunity Economics Marrige/ Divorce Death of family member especially spouse or parent Illness Ask yourself what you would do if…..
Build a Preponderance of Evidence Use circumstantial evidence to build a case for an assumption or hypothesis. The further away from a primary level source you have, the more sources you need as evidence. Eliminate the alternate possibilities
Post Queries GenForum Local society newsletters and websites Online Tree Databases FamilySearch