Get Out of the 21st Century

Remember that we do not live in the same times as our ancestors. If you are working on families from two hundred years ago, consider reading contempory material from that era. Transcribed diaries, newspapers and other materials are a great way to get a better “feel” for the times, in addition to reading non-fiction history covering the same time period.

Reading someone else’s diary from the time, even if a complete non-relative, may give you a fresh perspective on your ancestor life and times.